The Japanese government, through its embassy in Manila, has turned over a learning center complete with equipment to the Municipality of Magallanes, Sorsogon on May 8.
The Japanese embassy said the project was made possible through the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP).
The grant project includes two-storey, two-lassroom learning center with furniture and equipment worth approximately PHP4.1 million
“This project intends to provide proper and safe learning environment to approximately 950 students in the learning center. This project shall benefit an estimate of 2,895 residents who are willing to avail the free education program,” the Japanese embassy said.
“The Municipality of Magallanes faced challenges related to the high incidence of drop-outs and out-of-school children, the main reasons of which are greatly attributed to poverty. To resolve this issue, the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Magallanes implemented an educational program called Alternative Learning System (ALS) wherein classes were held in an old and dilapidated building,” the Japanese embassy noted.
“The poor condition of the building such as the high risk of the ceiling to collapse and leak when it rains, and the lack of learning materials and training equipment compromised the learning process and the safety of the students,” it added.