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Fleet-Marine Team, JSOTF-P build 2 new school buildings in Sumisip

By 1Lt Romulo P. Ducay, Jr. PN(M)

Isabela City, Basilan (17 June) -- The Fleet-Marine team began construction last May 25, 2009 of two new school buildings in Central Sumisip, Basilan Province to replace structures burned to the ground by the Abu Sayyaf Group in late March this year.

The construction is a joint effort of the 1st Marine Brigade in Basilan under Brigadier General Rustico O Guerrero AFP and the Joint Special Operation Task Force- Philippines (JSOTF-P) together with the Marine Battalion Landing Team 1, stationed at Barangay Cabunbata in Isabela City led by Lt Colonel Fernando Gomez PN(M)(GSC); the Marine Battalion Landing Team-10, stationed at Barangay Camalig in Ungkaya Pukan municipality led by Lt Colonel Omar L Tonsay PN(M); the Marine Battalion Landing Team 7, stationed at Campo Uno in Lamitan led by Major Armel S Tolato, PN(M), and the 1st Naval Mobile Construction Battalion, stationed at Campo Uno in Lamitan led by Lt Cmdr Mederico R Celso PN.

The Fleet-Marine team worked together to assess the proposed project and develop plans, with the JSOTF-P providing the materials for construction.

The Philippine Navy Sea Bees project officer said the school building will be completed in sixty (60) continues working days.

First Lieutenant Romulo P Ducay Jr PN(M), Civil Military Operations Officer of 1st Marine Brigade revealed that once the new schools are up and running, the two hundred sixty one (261) students will be set up for success.

Meanwhile, the local government has gotten into the act to help the town as well. While the Philippine Navy Sea Bees refurbishes the buildings, the Municipal Mayor of Sumisip, Hon Haber Asarul has begun planning for a project to rehabilitate the roads leading to Sumisip which are now showing extensive rutting from rain and heavy use. (1st MBDE/PIA9-BST) [top]

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