TACLOBAN CITY: Top officials of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) assured the continuing support of the US government to the on-going rehabilitation and recovery works for Yolanda-affected areas in Leyte province.
USAID Chief Strategy Officer Carla Koppell and USAID Philippines’ Mission Director Susan Brems visited Tacloban on Friday for the first time to turn over US-funded school building and health facility.
Koppell in her message during the turn over of school building in Panalaron said that the assistance coming from her country funded by their people is part of their “enduring partnership of the US to the Philippines.”
“It is wonderful that we are working together to foresee future risks and take them into consideration so that children, families and community remain safe,” she said.
The school USAID is building is not just a place for learning, but also a place that can provide them safety and security.
The new classrooms inside the Panalaron campus forms part of the 253 classrooms funded by the USAID in the bid to restore normalcy in education after the 2013 disaster.
A total of 85 classrooms have been completed in 15 campuses under the USAID Rebuild’s education program. Reconstruction of 168 classrooms are now ongoing in 24 schools.
The project benefits 41 schools in Tacloban City and nearby towns of Palo, Tanauan, Dagami, Alangalang, Burauen, Santa Fe, Tabontabon, Pastrana, Julita, Carigara and Dulag.
In a brief conversation with school children, the visiting officials urged students to study hard to be able to serve their communities.
“I hope to see you giving back this opportunity to your community someday,” Koppell told the learners.
During the turn over ceremony of a health facility in Diit village, Berms lauded the people of Tacloban in their determination to rebuild the city in a short span of time.
“In two years, the city made a tremendous progress, which people of Tacloban should take pride for their impressive resiliency,” she said.
She added that this achievement should also be credited to all – the government, civil society organizations and private sectors that were associated in international response.
USAID intends to build 12 health facilities in the province. These centers are equipped with medical equipments, furniture and some supplies.