News and Events 2012
U.S. Government Turns Over Books, First-aid Kits and Sports Equipment to a Marikina City Elementary School
(In photo: U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Brian L. Goldbeck (right) turns over to Marikina City Mayor Del de Guzman (3rd left) sports equipment, first aid kits and educational materials for the students of the Kalumpang Elementary School as part of the community service and outreach program of the USS George Washington Carrier Strike Group of the U.S. Navy in partnership with the Philippine Navy and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Also in photo are (l-r) Philippine Navy Ltjg. Frederick Engle Gammad and U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Young Song. (Photo: TFrancisco/USAID/Philippines) Photo Gallery
Marikina City, October 25, 2012—U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) Brian L. Goldbeck led the turnover of books, first-aid kits and sports equipment from the U.S. Government to Kalumpang Elementary School. Joining DCM Goldbeck were members of the U.S. Navy from the visiting USS George Washington Aircraft Carrier Strike Group. Together with Philippine Navy sailors, they conducted classroom read-along activities; basic first-aid information sessions with students; and a basketball clinic.
During the community outreach event organized by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Mr. Goldbeck cited the strong bayanihan (community spirit) of teachers and students that enabled them to weather recent typhoons and floods. He admired their dedication and loyalty to the community and their commitment to helping each other.
The U.S. Government, through the U.S. Embassy’s USAID office, has assisted a number of calamity-stricken schools in Marikina City which have shown strong community support like Kalumpang Elementary School. Despite being hit by Tropical Storm Ondoy in 2009 and Typhoon Helen recently, the school has emerged to be among the top performers in the National Achievement Test in Metro Manila.
Marikina First District Rep. Marcelino Teodoro, Marikina City Mayor Del de Guzman, Superintendent Elizabeth Quesada, Barangay Chairman Renato de Guzman, and Kalumpang Elementary School Principal Remia Ricabar also participated in the event.