American Troops in Mindanao Donate Classroom Buildings

A three-classroom school building constructed by the United States (US) government through the efforts of the military Joint Special Operation Task Force-Philippines was formally turned over January 28 to the school administrator and officials of the Kawit Elementary School in Kauswagan town, Lanao del Norte.

Captain Adam Martin, US Army team leader of the task force based in Campo Ranao, Marawi City, expressed that their stay here is to provide assistance like medical mission, putting up projects to villages that were affected by calamites, as well as areas affected by armed conflict and validate the needs of the villagers in terms of education, road construction and livelihood programs, in coordination with the local government units.
With the recommendation of their counterpart, through Col. Benito de Leon, 104th Brigade Commander-Philippine Army, and the Department of Education (DepEd) of Lanao del Norte, the U.S. government put up the school building with a project cost of P4 million, complete with two toilets.

Meanwhile, Ederlita Bigornia, the school's principal, said they are grateful to the US government for funding the construction of the building to replace the school's old Gabaldon building which was burned down by fire which occurred September 2007.
"Actually, we could have done the formal turn over early January but the town of Kauswagan was one of those areas hit by flashfloods," Bigornia said.

She added that despite heavy fighting between the lawless Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) group and the government troops in their town, "our school has always made it to the second place in the DepEd's National Achievement Test in the entire Kauswagan District-composed of nine complete elementary and three primary schools," revealed Bigornia.
Captain Martin on the other hand, disclosed that the programs and projects initiated and implemented by the US forces in Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur provinces, conform with President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's aim - bring the government's services to far-flung areas in the country, particularly the conflict areas in Mindanao.

PIA Iligan

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1 Komento ng Ulirang Guro:

It goes to show the goodwill that is extended by our big brother america to help us alleviate the problem especially in our education sector.After all they were our mentors and the ones that educated us in the first place. its only fair that we thank them instead of criticizing them always.

A big thank you to the brave men and women of the American troops whose done great help for our poor fellow men, than those corrupt politicians in power today!