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PIA Press Release
2008/08/19

USS Rentz Navy conducts CAP in Pagadian City

By Gideon C. Corgue

Pagadian City (19 August) -- Government officials and people of the city lauded the efforts of the visiting crew of the USS Rentz for their Civil Affairs Project (CAP) launched at the DSWD's Lingap Center at barangay Dao on August 16.

A US Naval boat, the USS Rentz was headed by Commander David Clenster paved the way for the improvement of the almost dilapidated center for neglected children by beautifying, cleaning, painting the rooms and providing mattresses, closets, ceiling fans and other amenities in just a span of t time to provide comfort to the children.

Mayor Samuel S. Co was very appreciative of the activity launched by the crew members of the USS Rentz.

"We are very fortunate for having been the recipient of the project," Co said, adding that "it will make the children feel pleasantly relaxed while they are temporarily living at the center."

City Social Welfare Officer Abdulgani J. Pagayao said the Civil Affairs Project (CAP) has greatly helped the neglected children because some of the rooms and beds were already ruined and decayed, and now they will surely enjoy the comforts of the newly-renovated and equipped Lingap Center.

"The project is indeed a kindhearted gesture shown by the USS Rentz navy crew which will fully benefit the children living at the center," Pagayao enthused.

"This is the first time ever that our city has experienced this kind of service from no less than the visiting USS Rentz navy personnel. It's a great and proud feeling," Pagayao exclaimed.

The Center has ten (10) abandoned and neglected children in their care and custody and are being sent to school to provide them with education.

Commander Clenster said the purpose of conducting the project is to "make a difference in the lives of the neglected and abandoned children," adding that, "it is their common practice to do civil affairs project for a lot of those US ships that comes in."

"This is our way of saying thank you for the hospitality, for letting us come to your country, for letting us train your Navy and Armed Forces, and for the long-term friendship that we have with the Philippines & we want to continue that friendship." Clenster added.

Clenster acknowledged their Filipino counterparts - the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) thru the First Infantry (Tabak) Division under the command of Maj. Gen. Nehemias J. Pajarito and the Philippine National Police (PNP) under the command of P/Sr. Supt. Ramon Ochotorena who were working side by side with them.

After the CAP, a friendship game was played between the USS Rentz crew, Philippine Army (PA), Philippine National Police (PNP), Philippine Navy (PN), and Philippine Maritime Police (PMP) at the City Gymanisum, to further strengthen the relationship between the US and Philippine Government. (PIA RO9) [top]

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