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Soldiers forge ties
with DepEd division

The 11th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army has forged a partnership with the Department of Education in Negros Oriental through a series of teacher-soldiers fora in Guihulngan City and Vallehermoso, a Philippine Information Agency press release said.

The latest and third forum held recently, saw the 11IB soldiers coordinating with elementary teachers of Vallehermoso town, at the Vallehermoso Central School to arrange the conduct of “non-traditional activities and unconventional approaches to counter-insurgency”, it said.

In the past months, the 11IB has constructed classroom buildings and potable water supply source and donated computer units, books, school supplies and slippers for students in far-flung barangays in the province as part of their counter-insurgency measures under the “Oplan Bayanihan” program, the press release said.

Aside from these, the soldiers have agreed to set up funds taken from their wages to finance the Lapu-Lapu Education Assistance Program, a scholarship program for poor but deserving students in Negros Oriental State University.

The DepEd teachers in Vallehermoso during said forum pledged to continue their support and cooperation to the “Oplan Bayanihan” activities of the 11IB.

11IB Lt. Col. Ramil Bitong, in the same forum, cited DepEd's key role in the government's internal peace and security plan.

“Teachers remain to be one of the most reliable and formidable partners of the military and the entire community as they contribute a lot to our advocacy against lawlessness particularly insurgency,” he said in a statement, the press release added.*



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