NMCB 5 renovating school in Palawan, Philippines

BU1 Terrell Harris, left, and BU3 Brandon Shortridge, both assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5, shoot the elevations for the two-room school building renovation project at Aplaya Elementary School in Barangay Tagburos.

Photo by CECN Quennie May Bumatay / NMCB 5

BU1 Terrell Harris, left, and BU3 Brandon Shortridge, both assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5, shoot the elevations for the two-room school building renovation project at Aplaya Elementary School in Barangay Tagburos.

EOCN Mark Teri Bascon, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5, operates a Skid-steer to move earth and fill around the construction site at the Aplaya Elementary School.

Photo by CECN Quennie May Bumatay / NMCB 5

EOCN Mark Teri Bascon, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5, operates a Skid-steer to move earth and fill around the construction site at the Aplaya Elementary School.

UTCN Larry Cooper, left, and UTCN Kipling Kritis, both assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5, take measurements and cut lumber for formwork for the Aplaya Elementary School building renovation project.

Photo by CECN Quennie May Bumatay / NMCB 5

UTCN Larry Cooper, left, and UTCN Kipling Kritis, both assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5, take measurements and cut lumber for formwork for the Aplaya Elementary School building renovation project.

SWCN Joseph Caruso, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 5, takes time out to play with some local children in Barangay Tagburos, Philippines. NMCB 5 recently left for a six-month deployment that will send detachments to at least 17 exercises and missions across the U.S. Pacific Command area of responsibility. This detachment is renovating a masonry classroom building for the Aplaya Elementary School.

Photo by CECN Quennie May Bumatay / NMCB 5

SWCN Joseph Caruso, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 5, takes time out to play with some local children in Barangay Tagburos, Philippines. NMCB 5 recently left for a six-month deployment that will send detachments to at least 17 exercises and missions across the U.S. Pacific Command area of responsibility. This detachment is renovating a masonry classroom building for the Aplaya Elementary School.

SW3 Helen Jocson of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5 cuts rebar as part of the Aplaya Elementary School building renovation project.

Photo by CECN Quennie May Bumatay / NMCB 5

SW3 Helen Jocson of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5 cuts rebar as part of the Aplaya Elementary School building renovation project.

CE3 Jordan Lund, right, cuts plywood while BU3 Brandon Shortridge provides support. The Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5 make up the construction civic action detail (CCAD) Philippines, whose current project is renovating a masonry classroom building for the Aplaya Elementary School in the Palawan province. Seabees conduct CCAD operations like this one in order to demonstrate U.S. commitment, develop enduring relationships, improve public infrastructure for the delivery of essential services and strengthen local institutions with host and partner nations around the world.

Photo by CECN Quennie May Bumatay / NMCB 5

CE3 Jordan Lund, right, cuts plywood while BU3 Brandon Shortridge provides support. The Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5 make up the construction civic action detail (CCAD) Philippines, whose current project is renovating a masonry classroom building for the Aplaya Elementary School in the Palawan province. Seabees conduct CCAD operations like this one in order to demonstrate U.S. commitment, develop enduring relationships, improve public infrastructure for the delivery of essential services and strengthen local institutions with host and partner nations around the world.

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan — Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 5 are in the Philippines to renovate a building for the Aplaya Elementary School as part of a construction civic activity detail (CCAD) in Barangay Tagburos, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.

In its current state, the 24-by-56-foot, two-room masonry building has wood and plant-woven walls with a bare dirt floor. This project will greatly improve the building by installing prefabricated steel trusses, concrete columns, a corrugated metal roof, gutters, metal doors and a hardiflex drop ceiling.

The detail will also stucco and paint the structure’s exterior to match the other existing buildings at the school.

According to school principal Macaria Peloto Camacho, the finished project will have a significant impact to the neighborhood, particularly to the 651 students and 20 teachers who attend and work at the school.

“The construction of new classrooms will greatly benefit the students, teachers and the entire neighborhood,” Camacho said, adding that the school currently does not have enough classrooms to accommodate all of the students.

“We have to divide the classes into morning and afternoon sessions in order to have room for all the children in the neighborhood,” she said.

Teachers said they were appreciative of the efforts.

“I am very grateful for all the work that the U.S. military has been doing for us,” said Jovelyn Mulato, one of the school’s third-grade teachers. “It is indeed a blessing for this community.”

Seabees conduct CCAD operations like this one in order to demonstrate U.S. commitment, develop enduring relationships, improve public infrastructure for the delivery of essential services and strengthen local institutions with host and partner nations around the world.

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