ZAMBOANGA

Marine troops renovate school in Sulu town

ZAMBOANGA. Philippine Marine troops renovate dilapidated two classrooms and build five new comfort rooms at the Sapang Elementary School in Kan-Mindus village, Luuk, Sulu. A photo handout shows Colonel Hernanie Songano, 4th Marine Brigade commander (2nd from left), and Luuk School District Supervisor Faizal Asanji (in white shirt), lead the inauguration and turnover of the project. (SunStar Zamboanga)

THE students and teachers of Sapang Elementary School in Kan-Mindus village, Luuk, Sulu now have a place conducive to learning and teaching.

This, as the Philippine Marine troops have completed the renovation of the school's two dilapidated classrooms and construction of five comfort rooms.

Major General William Gonzales, Joint Task Force (JTF)-Sulu commander, said Monday, February 22, that the renovated school and newly-built comfort rooms were turned over on Wednesday last week (February 17) to the students and teachers of Sapang Elementary School.

Colonel Hernanie Songano, 4th Marine Brigade commander, led the turnover of the project, initiated by the Marine Battalion Landing Team-8 (MBLT-8) headed by Lieutenant Colonel Allan Angelo Tolentino.

Gonzales said the project will greatly benefit the community and bring the government closer to the people.

Tolentino has tasked his former staff, Captain Philmer Parianon, who is now the 38th Marine Company commander, to improve the school facilities after discovering that it has only two dilapidated classrooms and with no functioning comfort room catering to about 200 students.

"The 38th Marine Company was able construct five comfort rooms and renovate Sampang Elementary's existing classrooms through the genorosity of Miss Rina P. Ortiz," Tolentino said.

The renovated school facilities were official received by Hadja Napsa Amad, the school's teacher-n-charge, from Songano.

Luuk School District Supervisor Faizal Asanji expressed his gratitude for the completion of the project citing it will benefit the whole community.

"Our teachers will surely be motivated and our students will also be inspired to do well in their studies," Asanji said.

"I'm sure the parents appreciate these endeavors as well," he added.

"This shows our force's flexibility to deliver what the community needs. I personally believe that education will bring forth stability to Sulu. Thus, the JTF-Sulu pledges its full support to the Ministry of Higher and Basic Technical Education of the province," Gonzales said. (SunStar Zamboanga)


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