The 79th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army recently launched a “Bayanihan Para sa Kabataan” project that provided two educational tours for grade school children from hinterland barangays in Negros Oriental.
The project called “Bayanihan Para sa Kabataan, Lakbay Aral Para sa Karunungan” aims to promote education as the key to a brighter future for both in-school and out-of-school youths in the hinterlands, said Battalion Commander Col. Pio Dinoso III, a press release from Philippine Information Agency said.
The next educational tour for the grade fifth and sixth pupils of the remote Banaue Elementary School in Pamplona town will be on August 25.
Another exposure trip in September will be for school children from hinterland barangays of Guihulngan City.
“They are the ones who need attention the most," Dinoso said. These education activities can prevent them from succumbing to the ideologies of other forces, he added.
Col. Francisco Patrimonio, 302nd Commander, said it is important to take care of these children especially those in conflict areas so that they will be insulated from deception and not fall prey to insurgency.
The children will be accompanied in the tour by their school teachers, principals and barangay captains.
The Rotary Mother Club and Visayan Forum pledged to donate P5,000 to purchase slippers and school supplies, respectively, while the ONCAN ways and means committee will take care of food and other requirements, the press release said.
The activity strengthens AFP’s partnership with the various stakeholders in the province, the press release said.*
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