The grant contract for “the Project for the Construction of Biodegradable Waste Composting for Environment and Farmland Soil Enrichment” was signed by Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Kazuhide Ishikawa and Buguias Municipality Mayor Melchor D. Diclas Tuesday at the Embassy of Japan.
The grant, USD91,599, through the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP), will fund the construction of an aerated composting facility, that will transform biodegradable waste products into a compost which can be used for farmland soil enrichment in Buguias, Benguet. The said municipality is the biggest producer of highland vegetables in the province of Benguet.
This Project aims to encourage more farmers to shift into organic farming and reduce the cost of production to increase the productivity and income of farmers.
The Japanese government launched the GGP in the Philippines in 1989 for the purpose of reducing poverty and helping various communities engaged in grassroots activities. Japan believes that this project will strengthen not only friendship between the peoples of Japan and the Philippines but also the existing strategic partnership between Japan and the Philippines, the Japanese embassy said.