Friday, December 4, 2020

49 IP-OSY complete computer literacy training, Army denounces NPA youth recruitment

TALACOGON, Agusan del Sur - Forty-nine (49) Indigenous People- Out of School Youth (IP-OSY) of Esperanza, ADS completed their 30-day Mobile Computer Literacy (MCL) Training through a closing ceremony held at Esperanza National High School, Brgy. Poblacion, Esperanza, Agusan del Sur on December 1, 2020.

The said training was the first in the province of Agusan del Sur and was made possible through the initiative of 26th Infantry (Ever Onward) Battalion, Philippine Army with the support of the Local Government Unit (LGU)- Esperanza and in partnership with TESDA, NCIP, and DepEd.

It aims to provide the appropriate and basic knowledge and skills for the IP-OSY from far-flung areas to operate a computer which is very essential in this generation where technology is already a part of our daily lives.

Originally, 21 OSY attended during the opening of the training, and an additional 28 OSY registered before the start of the training.

Ms. Cherry Mae O. Ligcuban, one of the students from Brgy Bakingking, Esperanza, ADS, expressed her gratitude to the LGU and Army troopers for the wonderful opportunity that was given to the IP community. "Daku kaayo among pasalamat sa tanan nga nagpasiugda niining maong programa kung diin kami gitudloan ug nakakat-on sapag operate sa computer ilabi na kay gamit kaayo ni nga kahibalo sa panahon karun. Ug kini usa lamang sa mga pipila ka libreng serbisyo sa goberno alang sa katawhan ilabi na sa mga wala naka human sa pagtungha sa taas nga edukasyon tungod sa kalisod," she said.

”Thanks to the Armed Forces and to all supporting agencies for the enormous effort in the implementation of government programs particularly the Mobile Computer Literacy Training for the IPs that would greatly contribute to their knowledge and development. Rest assured, the local government will always look for rooms for more projects for its constituents,” Hon. Leonida P. Manpatilan, Municipal Mayor of Esperanza, ADS stated.

Likewise, Lt. Col. Reynald Romel A. Goce, Commanding Officer of 26IB, applauded and commended the actions and undertakings of the LGU Esperanza and emphasized the importance of bringing the government closer to the far-flung areas especially the IPs.

“This activity connotes the importance of winning the trust and confidence of the people, providing what the locals need to grow and foster in this rising modern community. It is one of the benefits of having Executive Order Number 70 “Whole of a Nation Approach” where the concerned agencies work hand in hand in providing services and sociological needs of the people especially in CTG vulnerable areas," he said.

The CTGs have been exploiting the minds of the youth for their communist cause discrediting the government efforts in attaining peace and development in our country.

"As one of the vulnerable sectors in our society, the young minds of the youth are being exploited and poisoned by the deceptions and propaganda of these terrorists. They become NPA combatants fighting in the jungle for their futile struggle," Col. Cerilo C. Balaoro, Deputy Brigade Commander, 402nd Brigade, PA emphasized.

"You are here to be trained and to be more educated. This training will prepare and transform you to become productive citizens of the community. The government will continue its efforts in supporting the needs of the youth and the IP communities. Education is the solution, not an armed revolution. As advocates of peace, we are now peace partners. Let's protect the future of our nation by protecting the youth sector against the ambitions of the communist-terrorists. The youth must be in classrooms studying and learning for a brighter future and become useful citizens of our country for they are the future leaders and hope of the coming generations," Col. Balaoro ended.

Source: Civil-Military Operations Office, 26th Infantry Battalion, Joint Task Force Diamond, PA

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