THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has turned over six newly-constructed school buildings to education officials in the province of Sulu, south of Zamboanga City.

The AFP has completed the repair of two school buildings, which were also turned over to education officials of Sulu.

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Brigadier General Rustico Guerrero, chief of Sulu-based Joint Task Force Comet, said the projects were implemented through the joint efforts of Department of National Defense (DND) and Department of Education (DepEd).

Guerrero said three of the six newly-built buildings that have 10 classrooms were turned over last Thursday to the school principal of Pilot Elementary School in Siasi town.

Guerrero said the other three building with 11 classrooms located in Pandami town were turned over, also last Thursday, to Dr. Mussah Ladja, the division of schools superintendent of Sulu.

He said the two newly-repaired school buildings with three classrooms in Lugus municipality were turned over to Ladja last Wednesday by Colonel Manuel Delgado, chief of the 545th Engineering Battalion.

Ladja signed the certificates of acceptance in behalf of the hundreds of teachers and students of the beneficiary school within the 3rd Marine Brigade area of responsibility.

Colonel Mario Montejo, 3rd Marine Brigade chief, who turned over the school buildings on behalf of Guerrero in Siasi and Pandami towns, emphasized that the projects are symbol of the continuing partnership among the military, local government units (LGUs) and the populace.

“Through the projects, unity is enhanced because of the collaborative efforts among the officials and personnel of the AFP, DND, DepEd, LGUs and the communities,” Montejo said.

Montejo also reiterated the importance of education to students who could have more opportunities to improve their lives by being responsible and productive citizens in the future.

He said the students will “definitely benefit from the new classrooms.”

“They are now assured of comfortable and safe learning infrastructures with the completion of the projects,” Montejo said. (Bong Garcia)