Bicol, Caraga get 3-M euro educational grant

By Alexander Villafania
Last updated 09:52pm (Mla time) 07/18/2007

MANILA, Philippines — A three-million euro grant for the implementation of three primary school programs in the Bicol and Caraga regions in the next three years has been given by Spain, the Department of Education has announced.


Education Secretary Jesli Lapus and Spanish Ambassador Luis Arias signed the memorandum of agreement in Makati City.


In the agreement, the DepEd will receive an initial grant of 749,649 euros for the first year. The agency will also be assisted by the Spanish Technical Office in implementing the projects, it said.


Camarines Sur, Albay and Sorsogon in Bicol and Agusan del Norte, Siargao, and Surigao del Norte in Caraga will be the beneficiaries of the grant, according to the agreement.


These regions were selected due to the high incidence of natural disasters and poverty, it said.


The three educational programs are the Every Child A Reader Program (ECARP), the School-Based Management (SBM) initative and one on human resource development, according to the agreement.


The ECARP project hopes to improve the reading capabilities of primary school children while the SBM intends to build the management capacities of local and regional school personnel, it said.


The largest allocation for SBM initiatives will also be used in constructing and furnishing school buildings, it added.


“Through this partnership, we will be able to make education accessible to some of the underserved areas in the country. We will ensure that these communities will fully benefit from the generosity of the Spanish Government,” Lapus said.


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