Filipino, US soldiers turn over school building-A A +A
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
MABALACAT CITY - The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), through the Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom) and the United States Pacific Air Force (Pacaf), formally turned over a newly constructed school building at the Cacutud Elementary School in Barangay Cacutud here over the weekend.
The construction of the school building was a result of the month-long Engineering Civic Action Program (Encap) under the Pacific Unity 12-6.
A simple ceremony was conducted and attended by Mayor Marino Morales; Major General Ricardo C. Banayat, division commander of 1st Air Division, Philippine Air Force; Colonel Mark Bednar of the US Air Force, director of the Installation and Mission Support; Major Zandro Alvez, Nolcom representative; Perlita Soriano, schools district supervisor of Mabalacat; Jayson Ryan De Leon, head teacher of Cacutud Elementary School; barangay chairman Arnold Reyes; faculty; Parents-Teachers Association Officers; participating troops; and other guests.
The project is a part of US Pacific Command-funded humanitarian assistance mission and a bilateral and joint engineering civic action program conducted by the AFP and US forces in cooperation with the Provincial Government of Pampanga.
Relative to this, a Medical Civic Action Program (Medcap) and Dental Civic Action Program (Dencap) was also conducted in Villa Bacolor, Tarlac City last September 15. About 1,000 individuals benefited from the programs.
Subject Matter Expertise Exchange (SMEEs) on Master Base Planning, Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response (HA/DR) and Table Top Exercise on HA/DR was also conducted at Basa Air Base in Floridablanca, town and Clark Air Base in Mabalacat.
The Philippine National Police, local government units, local government agencies, and non-government organizations also joined the month-long activities.
As part of the turnover ceremony, a tree planting was also conducted around the school campus.
Barangay and school officials in the area are very thankful for the projects done by the Filipino and US soldiers. (Reynaldo G. Navales)
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on September 25, 2012.