HERMOSA, Bataan – The Embassy of Japan and a Japanese foundation donated almost P5 million worth of school building and equipment to Almacen Elementary School.
In a simple turn over ceremony yesterday, Mayor Jopet Inton and Department of Education officials here formally received the donation.
Hiroyuki Inoki, First Secretary and Labor Attache of Japan Embassy and Katsutoshi Shimizu, founder of RK Shimizu Foundation led the Japanese delegates in the formal rites. “This area is often devastated by massive floods during rainy season that’s why we decided to give this school building which will also be used as evacuation center during calamity,” Inoki told 1Bataan.com Inoki added that the project is part of Japan’s Grassroots Human Security Project.
On the other hand, RK Foundation founder Katsutoshi Shimizu provided the chairs and tables for the building. “We already donated 12 school buildings in the Philippines. We have 9000 pieces of tables and chairs from the governor of Nagasaki City and this school requested and we gave them 200 sets of tables and chairs,” Shimizu told this reporter.
Inton personally expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the Japanese people for choosing Hermosa in their business and humanitarian endeavors. “Well, all I can say is Domo Arigato (thank you very much). First they built a huge plant in Hermosa Ecozone which will employ almost 2000 laborers and now they have given us this school building. They also promised us to help Hermosa in all our endeavors for education,” Mayor Inton said.
Amacen Elementary School principal Julieta Bernaldo also thanked the Japanese officials for the donation. “Hindi na po kami magwo-worry everytime na may bagyo at baha. Napakataas po ng gusali at nakasafety na po ang aming mga gamit dito at hindi na kami kailangan palaging maghakot,” Bernaldo stressed.
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