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Japan-based NGO donates school building to Negros Occidental

BACOLOD CITY, Feb. 25 -The Organization for Industrial, Spiritual and Cultural Advancement (OISCA)- Kumamoto chapter and OISCA Philippines president and Sagay City Mayor Alfredo Marañon, Jr. have turned over a P1.5 million school building to the Ramon Torres Dulao National High School as part of their continuing effort to strengthen Japanese-Filipino relations.

The 2-classroom building was constructed in partnership with the Bago City government and another addition to the countless school-buildings and other facilities that have been donated by the OISCA Foundation in the Philippines.

Maranon said that the Bago school building was “a gift from the Japanese people in the Kumamoto Prefecture,” adding that the OISCA chapter there set-up donation boxes in various establishments, dropping coins “just like our piso-piso fund raising for a cause, and theirs was for our schoolchildren here in Negros.”

OISCA Kumamoto president Huminori Marumoto said he was “proud of this partnership between the Japanese and the Filipino people,” adding that the school-building was “a testimony that we in Japan think of your welfare.”

Muramoto asked the schoolchildren to “try your best, study hard and when you graduate, contribute back to your community and to your country.”

Kimiro Ueda, chairperson of the Smile Future ’09 program of OISCA-Japan said helping the Filipino children “gives meaning to our lives.”

Student government president, Fatima Angelica Nieves, who accepted the key of donation in behalf of the student body, said the gift from OISCA-Kumamoto was another “great milestone in the education of the students in Dulao.”

Maranon hopes that the classrooms will give a better learning environment for the students, citing the size which is much bigger than the standard classroom size our government has constructed.

He told the students to “show your goodwill and appreciation by taking good care of this building and by studying hard.”

Bago Vice Mayor Nicolas Yulo also thanked OISCA and said that this continuing programs is a “big help to Bago City and Negros Occidental.”

Also present in the turnover ceremony were Rep. Genaro Alvarez, Board Member Mae Javellana, Department of Education Supervisor Milagros Gonzales and other officials in Bago City. (PNA) RMA/GMDelaCruz/vlo

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