Caritas Christi urget nos!
(by: Ms. Noemi Cabaddu and Dr. Allan Peejay Lappay)
The Embassy of Japan has formally turned over to St. Paul University Philippines (SPUP) the “Clean and Green Non-Wood Charcoal Briquetting Facility” it has funded for SPUP’s Community Development Center through the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP). Mr. Kenji Terada (First Secretary and Agriculture Attache, Embassy of Japan) ceremonially bequeathed the symbolic key of the facility to Sr. Merceditas Ang, SPC (University President). The event was witnessed by Hon. Leonardo Pattung (Mayor, Municipality of Baggao), Ms. Nao Yamada (Senior Program Officer, Embassy of Japan), Sr. Marissa Tumbali, SPC (VP for Administration, SPUP), and Ms. Noemi Cabaddu (Director, Community Extension Services).
The program was held at the Science Agri-Based Entrepreneurial High School (SABEHS) in San Jose, Baggao, Cagayan, where the project was instituted. In her message, Sr. Merceditas Ang, SPC affirmed SPUP’s commitment and advocacy of service to the people of Baggao through the project. She also requested the LGU of Baggao to continuously provide safety and security to SABEHS. Mayor Pattung expressed his gratitude to SPUP through its various projects for the benefit of the people of San Jose, Baggao. He also acceded to the appeal of Sr. Merceditas for the safety and security of SABEHS.
Mr. Terada explained that there are two important goals for the realization of the project – first, to improve the economic condition of the local residents of Baggao by increasing their income; and, second, to promote sustainable development in the area without compromising the environment. In 2015, the Embassy of Japan provided assistance to SPUP for the procurement of equipment and construction of a production and marketing facility of non-wood charcoal.
The program was followed by a tour to the facility and a demonstration of the process of charcoal production by the SABEHS’ students and teachers. The Turnover Ceremony was also attended by the officials of Barangay San Jose and Barangay San Isidro in Baggao; Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO) of Baggao; Parents of SABEHS’ Students and other SPUP Officials.