First 3-story school building in Maguindanao completed

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GUINDULUNGAN, Maguindanao: An P11-million, three-story government high school building constructed at the heart of this agricultural town has been completed.

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Engr. Zainal Mlok Jr., DPWH–ARMM of province’s 2nd district, said the nine-classroom building has been carefully adapted and designed for the conducive learning needs of the children as mandated by the Department of Education.

“The building could even withstand unexpected events like strong earthquakes for the safety of the children,” he said.

The Department of Public Works and Highways–Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DPWH-ARMM) said funding for the project was approved in 2013 but its implementation was delayed at the height of the military campaign against Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement (BIFM) led by the late Ameril Umbra Kato.

In 2010, the BIFM and its military wing Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) broke away from mainstream Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) after the latter agreed to a comprehensive peace agreement with the administration of President Benigno S. Aquino III to end the decades-old Moro insurgency in the south.

“With such development, the regional public works office successfully constructed the school structure with minimal problems,” DPWH-ARMM Secretary Don Loong said.

PNA

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