Guam- The Guam Army National Guard is working together with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to build a library for an elementary school two hours north of Manila.
10 soldiers from the Guard’s 1224th Engineer Support Company, along with an AFP Reserve Command teamed up over the weekend to do their part in the construction of this facility in central Luzon. Officials say San Isidrio Elementary School has about 20 classrooms that have to fit around 750 students and it lacks resources, including sports equipment.
School librarian Kristel Alimagno says they had a makeshift library, which also functions as a clinic and a storage area. She mentions the new facility will allow their students to learn more.
“We have a new policy where we couldn’t pass a pupil for the next grade if they couldn’t read fluently or speak English” said Alimagno. “That’s why this library will help them not only in their reading ability, but open their mind in more knowledgeable things.”
An official ribbon cutting ceremony has been planned for May 19. However, the school will be needing more books and reading materials. This mission is under the State Partnership Program (SPP).