Three (3) units of 2-Classroom School Building (with attached toilets) located at Dumadalig Integrated School (DIS), Tantangan were officially turned over by the Embassy of Japan to the provincial government of South Cotabato last November 24..
Hiroyuki Enoki, First Secretary and Labor Attache of the Embassy of Japan, led the ceremony with the formal turnover of the Key of Responsibility to Governor Daisy Avance Fuentes.
Governor Fuentes in her message thanked the Embassy of Japan for choosing South Cotabato as a recipient of their project, adding that “it will the pupils of DIS who are composed of poor families and IPs living in the area who will benefit from this project.”
Enoki in his response disclosed that the Embassy of Japan is happy that the project they have envisioned for the province have now become a reality after months of construction of the 6-room school building.
The school construction project is part of the P4.3 million Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) under the auspices of J-BIRD or Japan-Bangsamoro Initiatives for Reconstruction and Development. The provincial government provided P 2 million as counterpart for the project.
J-BIRD is designed to contribute to the peace process and development of the Conflict-Affected Areas in Mindanao (CAAM) and the surrounding areas in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
Enoki is joined by other colleagues namely, Hiroyuki Kawamoto, First Secretary and Chief Coordinator of Socio-Economic Assistance, International Monitoring Team (IMT); Yosuke Tamabayashi, First Secretary and Member of Socio-Economic Assistance, IMT; who also gave a message, and, Miwa Yamatoya, Second Secretary and Press Officer.
Local Officials who witnessed the turnover also included Vice-Governor Vicente de Jesus, Provincial Board members, Tantangan LGU officials, Barangay Council of Dumadalig, DepED and school officials, and national and local media.