Combined US and Philippines Forces turn-over school building in Pinamungahan

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After the devastation caused by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Cebu, Lamac Elementary School has now a new building with its turn-over by the United States Navy Seabees project in Brgy. Lamac, Pinamungahan, Cebu on Wednesday, February 11, 2016.

The one storey two classroom school building will benefit the Grade 1 and Grade 4 class which has 41 and 44 pupils respectively.

Ms. Haide Caintic, Grade 1 teacher said the building she used to occupy was badly hit by the earthquake and not anymore suitable and conducive for learning especially that she handled Grade 1 class.

“I am very thankful with the newly donated school building by the US Navy and it is only appropriate that my class will be one of the beneficiaries since I am handling beginners, the Grade 1, at least my pupils could feel how wonderful it is to go to school in a conducive learning environment,” said Mrs. Caintic.

Mrs Caintic said that right after the earthquake in 2013, classes were conducted in the school ground for two weeks and then transferred back to the dilapidated building because of the absence of the classroom.

Mr. Aquiles Baron, the school principal thanked the state partnership program of the US and Philippines Armed Forces through the Central Command for choosing the school as the recipient of this project because common problems of the school is the lack of classrooms because of the increasing enrollees.

Lt Col John Oliver Gabun, Operations Officer, 302nd Brigade represents in behalf of Centcom Commander, Lt Gen Nicanor M Vivar while LtJg Tyler Anderson from the US Navy led the ribbon cutting together with the local officials, Provincial Board Member Gigi Sanchez, Pinamungahan Vice Mayor Ma. Honeylette Yapha, barangay officials led by Ma. Belen Catam-isan.

The activity was witnessed by Department of Education represented by Ms. Catalina Avila, School’s District Supervisor- Pinamunghan District 2, Parent Teachers Association and school administrators headed by its school principal, Mr. Aquiles Baron.

Lt Anderson expressed his gratitude to the local government units headed by Mayor Glenn Baricuatro, AFP Central Command, teachers, students, parents and to the entire community in barangay Lamac for the support during the construction of the building.

He said that it has been his honor to be of help even after disasters, calamities hit the country and that through the state partnership program, camaraderie, friendship were also developed and strengthened from among the engineering teams and to the community.

Meanwhile, Lt Col Gabun said that this successful undertaking was a product of state partnership program in the subject matter exchanges between the US Navy thru the Naval Construction Battalion and the AFP-Centcom thru the Army’s 53rd Engineer Brigade

He emphasized that this undertaking was in line with the Internal Peace Security Plan (IPSP) Bayanihan program of the government in which the commitment of the AFP to engage all stakeholders to campaign for winning the peace rather than winning the war.

TSg Gedoria from the 53rd Engineer Brigade said it took them close to 100 days to construct the school building and so nice working with the US forces.

Hon. Ma. Belen Catam-isan, barangay captain, Lamac said your contribution in our community will always reminds us the collective effort between the US and Philippine Armed Forces.

“This (project) will surely remain in the hearts of the people of Pinamungahan and it will be valued because this structure will benefit the next generations,” Hon. Catam-isan further said.

In behalf of the Cebu Provincial Government, Board Member Gigi Sanchez thanked the US and the Philippines forces expressed her thanks for the donated school building.

“Thank you for the hard work, sacrifice you have done for the elementary school in Lamac, the construction of the school building,” said Board Member Sanchez.

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