Hawaii National Guard to help rebuild typhoon-damaged school in Philippines
The Hawaii National Guard will participate in an Engineering Civic Action Project to rebuild a school in the Philippines that was damaged by Typhoon Haiyan, Gov. Neil Abercrombie and Maj. Gen. Darryll Wong announced Friday.
By the end of June, the Hawaii Army National Guard soldiers along with soldiers and airmen from the Guam National Guard will begin deploying to Tacloban City to rebuild the Marasbaras National High School. Personnel will rotate in teams of about 15 to 20 at a time.
Units participating include the 230th Engineers from Hawaii and the 1224th Engineer Support Company and 254th REDHORSE Squadron from Guam.
The scope of work includes demolishing and replacing existing roofing panels and damaged structures, constructing new roofs, upgrading the electrical system, installing light fixtures and ceiling fans to all three classrooms, and replacing classroom windows and doors. The project is expected to be completed in September.
Pay and allowances for the Hawaii and Guam National Guardsmen will be funded by the federal government. Most of the materials have been funded through private donations and are being sourced in the Philippines.
Typhoon Haiyan devastated parts of the Philippines in November 2013. The storm left more than 6,000 people dead and displaced several million.