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Thursday, April 23, 2015

San Miguel Groundbreaking Ceremony

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"Asya na ini" (This is it)!
So exclaimed Mayor Viscuso De Lira to Barangay San Miguel residents in his closing remarks at the short but meaningful groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a new school building in San Miguel Elementary School.

The 2-classroom building, totally damaged by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), will be re-constructed by Plan International as part of their many deliverables under the JFPR Grant 9175 Sub-component A.2.


Takeshi Koike, ADB's Financing Partnerships Specialist from the Office of Cofinancng Operations (OCO) graced the occasion as guest of honor and led the ceremonial ground breaking, together with representatives from DSWD, DepEd, Plan International, Balangiga LGU, Barangay Officials and the youth.

Also present were ADB staff Claire Villarico, Karen Baydo, Cordel Trinchera and consultants Ronnie Oblepias, Chris Wensley, Ken Tuazon, Anna Almodiel, Maynard Matammu, Dindo Mengote and Jocelyn Saw who gave the audience a short briefer about JFPR Grant 9175.

After the ceremonial ground breaking, guests were given tour of the campus jointly by Plan International's Cynthia Guerra and DSWD's Melanie Ruiz who showed the ongoing construction of another 3-classroom building under JFPR Grant 9175 Sub-component A.1.

Guests also witnessed the on-going registration of applicants for Plan International's out-of-school youth scholarship grant, and handing of cash awards to their Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) beneficiaries - all funded under the JFPR Grant 9175.

After the San Miguel visit, the Grant 9175 team of consultants also toured the visitors to Albino M. Duran Memorial Hospital, a recipient under Component B of the grant - where the IFRC Field Officer and the Chief of Hospital were on hand to familiarize everyone with the hospital's services and the equipment IFRC plans to install in this facility.

Finally, due to proximity, the team also took the opportunity to bring the visitors to another site in the same town, Cansumangkay Elementary School, to show where a 3-classroom building is being repaired by DSWD under Sub-component A.1 and a new single classroom building will be constructed by Plan International under Sub-component A.2.

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