Hawaii National Guard to rebuild typhoon-damaged school in the Philippines

Typhoon damage in the Philippines
Typhoon damage in the Philippines

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
By. Diamond Badajos

When the opportunity to help calls, the Hawaii Army National Guard answers.

In November of 2013, typhoon Haiyan devastated parts of the Philippines, killing more than 6,000 people and displacing several millions.

"The cameras are gone and the headlines aren't there anymore but the devastation remains," said Gov. Neil Abercrombie. "The difficulty is putting lives back together."

Thursday, Abercrombie and State Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Darryll Wong announced plans for the Hawaii National Guard to participate in an Engineering Civic Action Project to rebuild a school in the Philippines.

Marasbaras National High School, the school chosen for repairs, was hit hard by the storm when it made landfall.

Starting June 29, guardsmen from Hawaii along with soldiers and airmen from the Guam National Guard will begin deploying to Tacloban city to rebuild two buildings at the school.

There will be four phases of construction with crews working on building roofs, fixing damaged structures, installing light structures and ceiling fans and replacing classroom windows and doors. The Hawaii crew is set to install and upgrade electrical fixtures and will leave to the Philippines in August.

The construction is set to be completed in September of 2014.

The cost of the project is estimated at $1 million and will be funded by the National Guard bureau and other sources.

"We want to make sure that these young people have hope and the community there sees something tangible," Abercrombie said. "They need to know they haven't been abandoned or forgotten."

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