Japan expands dormitory capacity at Philippine school for the deaf

The Philippine School for the Deaf (PSD) in Pasay City officially opened the doors of its new student dormitory, as the Japanese Embassy officially handed over the two-story building in a ceremony on October 28.

The only public institution for the deaf in the country, the PSD is a semi-residential school that can accommodate students. However, due to the limited capacity of the dormitory, the school had to turn away more than half of the applicants each year, as several students from remote parts of the country had encountered serious problems in finding accommodation.

To solve the problem, the Japanese Embassy granted a grant of 156,127 dollars, or about 8 million pesos, to the PSD for the construction of a new building. Along with the renovation of its existing dormitory, the new structure increases the school’s capacity to accommodate nearly 100 students.

During the ceremony, Minister of Economy Daisuke Nihei of the Japanese Embassy reiterated the importance of empowerment. He encouraged the students to pursue their dreams and expressed his optimism for their future success.

Nihei led the ceremonial roll, along with Assistant Secretary Christopher Lawrence Arnuco of the Department of Education and Vice Mayor Boyet Ding Del Rosario of the City of Pasay. Also present were Embassy First Secretary Chihiro Kanno and Third Secretary Yumi Yamada, other officials from the local government unit of DepEd Pasay City, the school principal and staff members, students and parents.

The project was approved in 2019 by the Embassy, ​​as part of Japan’s official development assistance through the Human Security Local Project Assistance Grant. As the largest ODA donor to the Philippines, the Japanese government launched the GGP program in the Philippines in 1989 to alleviate poverty and help various communities engage in basic activities.

Image credits: Embassy of Japan

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