Monday, February 10, 2014

NOLCOM attests ‘bayanihan’, constructs school buildings for children

CAMP AQUINO, Tarlac-Apart from rigorous campaigns upholding peace and order, Northern Luzon Command (NOLCOM) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has continuously reinforced its three-year Internal Peace and Security (IPSP)-Bayanihan program by establishing school projects in several communities within its area of responsibility.
“We have persisted in executing IPSP-Bayanihan programs and school projects by partnering with ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya Foundation, Shimizu Nagasaki Foundation of Japan and other civic organizations in the country,” NOLCOM Commander Lieutenant General Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr. said.
This resulted in the construction of 35 school buildings in regions 1,2,3 and Cordillera.
Recipient provinces include Abra (5 school buildings with 9 classrooms), Bataan (2 school buildings with 4 classrooms), Nueva Ecija (1 school building with 3 classrooms), Bulacan (1 school building with 2 classrooms), Tarlac (8 school buildings with 18 classrooms), Mt. Province (6 school buildings with 12 classrooms), Kalinga (1 school building with 2 classrooms), Isabela (1 school building with 2 classrooms), Ifugao (4 school buildings with 8 classrooms), Pangasinan (3 school buildings with 6 classrooms), Benguet (1 school building with 2 classrooms), Aurora (1 school building with 2 classrooms), and Nueva Vizcaya (1 school building with 2 classrooms).
“Moreover, 11 projects which were financed by ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya Foundation are being built. These are located in Kalinga, Apayao, Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Aurora, and Nueva Ecija,” Catapang disclosed.
Meanwhile, NOLCOM has tapped various engineering units of the AFP in the construction of water systems, toilet facilities, playgrounds, and libraries within the vicinity of the schools.
The military official pronounced IPSP-Bayanihan as a comprehensive campaign package, which highlights a significant interplay of peace and development in sustaining progress and growth within the northern part of the country.
“NOLCOM is instrumental in winning peace in Northern Luzon. Through our IPSP-Bayanihan programs inspired by a genuine Filipino tradition of explicating cooperation and camaraderie, numerous projects and programs were pursued to create an environment conducive for sustainable development and a just and lasting peace,” Catapang emphasized. 

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