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US Troops Turned Over School Building in Simpocan

Published: Monday, 12 August 2013

Camp Gen. Artemio Ricarte, Puerto Princesa City – A two-room school building funded by the US government was formally turned over on August 8, Thursday, to the school administrators of Simpocan Elementary School in Puerto Princesa City.


The US Navy Seabees together with the soldiers from the United States Navy’s Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5 (NMCB5) constructed the building through the US-Philippines Balikatan that took four (4) months to complete.

School and city officials are grateful to the US government for this project saying that the new classrooms will provide a more comfortable learning environment for their school children.

The school children who used to hold classes under depleted building structures are expected to benefit from the newly constructed school building, said Winnie Dagot, Simpocan Elementary School principal.

“The construction of the school buildings means a lot to the parents and residents of the coastal village of Simpocan and we hope we will have a continuing partnership with the local government and the Armed Forces of the Philippines,” Captain Rodney Moore USN, regiment commander of NMCB5, said.

Capt. Moore encourages the school administrators and teachers to maximize the utilization of the classrooms.

He said it is very significant that the US army took the initiative in constructing these buildings aimed to bring education closer to the people especially in areas where decent classrooms were unavailable. ––END 


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