From the Philippine News Agency (Apr 29): 2014 PHL-US Balikatan Exercise to finish school, health center construction on May 13, says US Army project officer
The joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-US Armed Forces personnel
undertaking the 2014 Balikatan Exercise vowed to finish the construction of
schoolbuildings and a health center in Barangay Malobagao and Barangay Doña
Mercedez in Guinobatan town on May 13.
Lt. Daina W. Bojorquez, US Army project officer, said they will finish all
the projects they are doing in these villages on May 13 so that they can turn
them over to the barangay officials the following day, before they leave Albay
after the Balikatan Exercise.
In Barangay Malobagao, the group is building a classroom, repairing an old
Marcos-type building and the village’s health center.
Belinda Balmaceda, a barangay tanod (volunteer village security officer) and
resident of the village, said what the Balikatan group is doing is a big help
to their place, especially the health center, which is bigger than the original
Bojorquez said the health center is typhoon proof and is expected to last
long even during heavy typhoons.
The school being constructed and the classrooms being repaired in Barangay
Doña Mercedez will be a great help to the students, especially that the classes
will soon open.
American soldiers participating in the exercise were pleased with the warm
treatment being given to them by the villagers as they mingle with them daily
and even sleep in the place.
The residents had a taste of the boodle fight held during lunch on Tuesday.