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Bea Micaller

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A GRANT is signed for the construction of a dormitory building for the Philippine School for the Deaf in Pasay City.

The Embassy of Japan in the Philippines, through the leadership of Ambassador Koji Haneda, has inked five grant contracts under the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) that will continue Japan’s assistance to the Philippines.

The five grants include projects for the construction of a dormitory building in Pasay City, construction of a health station in Mountain Province, classrooms in Negros Occidental, a school building in Kidapawan City and procurement of pre- and post-harvest equipment for the farmers of Tarlac.

“The government of Japan, as the top ODA donor for the Philippines, launched the GGP in the Philippines in 1989 for the purpose of reducing poverty,” the embassy stated.

Also, the project is eyed in helping various communities engaged in grassroots activities.

“As of present, 548 grassroots projects, including the five mentioned, have been funded by GGP with a total amount of $33,742,160,” it added.

Both countries are high in hopes that these projects will not only serve as an avenue to strengthen the friendship between the two nations but also contribute to the further cultivation of the strategic partnership between Japan and the Philippines.

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