By Jun Pasaylo (philstar.com) Updated March 22, 2011 12:26 PM
MANILA, Philippines – The Japanese government continues to pour humanitarian assistance to some of the poorest communities in the Philippines.
Japanese Ambassador Makoto Katsura turned over a P3.7 million project for the municipality of Bulan in Sorsogon province today for the construction of a lying-in health facility.
The project was funded through Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP).
The grant came after the municipal government requested assistance from the Embassy of Japan for the construction of a lying-in center in Barangay Zone 2 and the renovation of the existing health station in Barangay Otavi.
The project is expected to improve the maternal and child health care situation in the area, as the Japanese government will also install necessary equipment in the facilities.
The municipal government has difficulty in delivering adequate social service to its growing population. In particular, quality health service is not available in many parts of the town. Many pregnant women in the area cannot seek proper diagnosis and tend to choose home-based delivery that has potential threat to their health.
Japan, as the top donor of the official development assistance for the Philippines, launched GGP here in 1989 for the purpose of reducing poverty and helping various communities.
As of March 2011, more or less 442 grassroots projects funded by GGP have been implemented by NGOs, local government units and other non-profit organizations.
The total grant for these projects amounts to US$19,929,409. Japan believed that the undertakings will not only strengthen friendship between the peoples of Japan and the Philippines, but also contribute to fostering a strategic partnership between the two countries.
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