Giving back: NLEX, EEI to refurbish transient NOLCOM facility

NLEX Corp. and construction firm EEI Corp. are teaming up to rehabilitate a transient facility of the Northern Luzon Command (NOLCOM) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines in Tarlac City.

NLEX and EEI will undertake the project at their own cost.

The project is aimed at providing lodging for military and civilian guests who are on official or personal travel near the vicinity of the command.

It involves the replacement of roof, ceiling, column supports; refurbishment of the common kitchen; and installation of barracks and toilet cubicles.

“We benefit greatly from the effectiveness of NOLCOM’s service. The repair and enhancement of their transient facility is a small way of giving back and a manifestation of our intent to assist NOLCOM so they can focus on their mandate of protecting the people and the state,” MPTC president and CEO Rodrigo Franco said.

“This is not a donation but a payback to our military personnel who are sacrificing a lot and risking their lives for us,” said EEI president and CEO Roberto Jose Castillo.

NOLCOM Commander Lt Gen Ernesto C. Torres Jr. said the refurbishment of the facility into a world-class transient facility will boost the morale and welfare of the troops.

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