AFP, GMA foundation sign pact for Lanao, Zambo school construction

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Camp Navarro, Calarian, Zamboanga City- February 4, 2020

Military and GMA Kapuso Foundation officials signed Tuesday a deal to construct classrooms in Zamboanga City and Lanao del Norte.

Luz Annalee Escudero-Catibog, executive vice president and chief operating officer of GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inc., said the organization will work with army engineers to construct a school for orphaned children of Abu Sayyaf fighters in Zamboanga City.

“This is in answer to the pleas of the community. We will build a one-story school house for orphaned children of Abu Sayyaf fighters. This will be a combination of a primary school, an alternative learning school, and a madrasah inside the complex of the 54th Engineer Brigade,” said Escudero-Catibog.

Joint Task Force ZamPeLan Commander Brig. Gen. Generoso Ponio, 54th Engineer Brigade Commander Brig. Gen. Anthony Cacayuran, and 55th Engineer Brigade Commander Brig. Gen. Nestor Abando joined Catibog during the signing of the Terms of Reference in Camp Navarro.

GMA Kapuso Foundation and the armed forces, through the army engineers, will construct a hanging bridge in Lanao del Norte and classrooms in Marawi City’s Patani Elementary School and Pansur Primary School.

Under the terms of reference, the armed forces will provide security and logistics requirements for the project implementation.

“We commit our forces according to our capability to really look on the projects and assure you that we will secure, support, and supervise the projects,” said Brig. Gen. Ponio, who thanked the Kapuso Foundation.

GMA Kapuso Foundation will lead the implementation, cooperation, and completion of the joint projects.

“Their (military’s) expertise will come in hand because we really ask the engineers to help us with the supervision. We have a small contingent of engineers so we really rely on the army engineers to be there for us, especially for supervision,” added Ecudero-Catibog.

Brig. Gen. Francisco Ariel Felicidario III, WestMinCom’s deputy commander for administration, along with other WestMinCom officials, graced the TOR signing in Zamboanga City at 11am on February 4.

“These are pro-poor endeavors that your armed forces strongly support because these are peace and development initiatives that work to reach out to the less privileged people in conflict-stricken and remote areas where aid rarely comes,” said WestMinCom Commander Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana.

“We value this partnership with GMA Kapuso Foundation and other organizations that take the lead for sustainablem security and development in Mindanao,” he added.

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Source: WesMinCom PIO

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