US, PH ser­vice mem­bers re­build schools in Casig­u­ran

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CASIG­U­RAN, Aurora — U.S. Marines and Sailors with the 3d Ma­rine Ex­pe­di­tionary Brigade (3d MEB) along­side their Armed Forces of the Philip­pines (AFP) coun­ter­parts con­ducted a ground­break­ing cer­e­mony on the ren­o­va­tion of sev­eral schools and a day care cen­ter in Casig­u­ran.

The con­struc­tion work is a joint civic as­sis­tance ac­tiv­ity which forms part of the up­com­ing U.S.Philip­pine bi­lat­eral mil­i­tary ex­er­cise, KAMANDAG.

The Philip­pine and U.S. ser­vice mem­bers are con­duct­ing en­gi­neer­ing and con­struc­tion projects at three dif­fer­ent sites in Casig­u­ran.

Mil­i­tary ser­vice mem­bers from both coun­tries will work to­gether dur­ing these bi­lat­eral projects to as­sist lo­cal pop­u­la­tions and strengthen the ties be­tween the Philip­pines and the United States.

The ren­o­va­tions of C.J. Torre Ele­men­tary School, Esper­anza Ele­men­tary School, and Esper­anza Day­care Cen­ter aim to pro­vide the chil­dren with

a more spa­cious, mod­ern, and com­fort­able en­vi­ron­ment in which to learn and play. The project in­cludes build­ing new class­rooms and can­teens, and up­dat­ing elec­tri­cal wiring.

U.S. mil­i­tary med­i­cal teams also taught ba­sic life­sav­ing skills, dis­ease pre­ven­tion, and den­tal hy­giene to a group of al­most 600 Girl Scouts while in Casig­u­ran.

These projects pre­cede the of­fi­cial start of KAMANDAG, but are con­sid­ered a prepara­tory part of the ex­er­cise. KAMANDAG is an acro­nym for the Filipino phrase “Kaa­ga­pay Ng Mga Mandirigma Ng Da­gat,” which trans­lates to “Co­op­er­a­tion of War­riors of the Sea,” high­light­ing the part­ner­ship be­tween the Philip­pine and United States mil­i­taries.

Bi­lat­eral ex­er­cises like KAMANDAG strengthen work­ing re­la­tion­ships and in­crease the abil­ity for ser­vice mem­bers to re­spond rapidly dur­ing real world ter­ror­ist or hu­man­i­tar­ian crises. (US Em­bassy Press Re­lease)

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