Thursday, January 29, 2009

School Project on Mindanao Completed by Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines

An elementary school construction project in the Philippines was completed and turned over to local officials Jan. 28 as part of ongoing efforts by U.S. Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines (JSOTF-P) to help improve quality of life on the island of Mindanao.

A Philippine Information Agency news release provides the details.

At the request of the Government of the Philippines, JSOTF-P supports the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in its ongoing counter-terrorism effort. Key to this support is a number of humanitarian initiatives conducted in consultation with U.S. Embassy Manila, AFP officials and local civilian leaders in terrorist-afflicted communities. Various bilateral humanitarian improvement programs, such as medical and engineering projects, are ongoing at any one time as part of the JSOTF-P mission.

Helping to build the infrastructure that supports opportunity for a better future, JSOTF P will continue to work with the AFP and assist wherever they are needed. The JSOTF-P mission and its associated activities are fully integrated into the overall U.S. effort to support the government of the Philippines and its people.

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