NPAs seem to disapprove of development. In Guinobatan, Albay, soldiers who were undertaking development projects were harassed by NPAs in Sitio Danao, Brgy. Ongo. The soldiers were doing something of benefit to the community but which NPAs are against. Probably because a developed barangay is not suitable for their illegal operations. Seeing there will be new structures like schoolbuildings, roads are contrary to their true intentions. They want to take control of a barangay so that they will be the ones to practically run it, so they keep on warding off people who help barangays improve like these soldiers who are the peace teams, doing non-combat roles to serve the populace.
When did they ever construct a schoolbuilding for example? Never. What they do is build or occupy their own safehouses to protect themselves, build bunkers and camps where they stay and hatch their plans. What they did in this recent incident has done nothing but disturb the peace and sow fear in the people.
The military should continue with what they are doing for communities because these communities badly need their help for them to enjoy peace, a better life and something to look forward to in the future.
Young man inspired by military
I have plans to enlist in the military service after school because I have been inspired by stories of military heroism, especially in the last war, and the present crop of soldiers who have given their lives in fighting the new enemies of society. Many soldiers have fallen in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao not only in combat, but also during disasters as they tried so hard saving lives but perished themselves. They are really good examples to young people like me.
This is why it always interests me when there are war exercises being held in our country. There is the yearly Phl-US Balikatan joint exercises in many places, and held at one in our province, Zambales when I was 11 years old and I was really awed by what I saw. This month, there is an ongoing CARAT (Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training) exercise near the Scarborough Shoal and will feature our country’s first Hamilton-class cutter, the BRP Gregorio del Pilar acquired from the United States in 2011.
I know that the exercise, which is also a regular one as I remember, continues to enhance the capability of our local military and US troops not only in actual exercises but also on sit-down lectures. I also feel another connection as this is being held in Zambales. I am so in on information about the militaries in the world that I know I can, and will contribute something to our country and people, once I will be able to wear a military uniform. I can hardly wait for that day.
Quincy Pete B. Marco
Soldiers to teach nationalism
I am from Alabang, Muntinlupa City and I found out that soldiers will conduct the “Pinoy Batang Bayani” which was launched last June 24, 2013. These soldiers will act as teachers as part of a program that instills nationalism among the youth. Street children are the targets of the activity and can surely help them become good and disciplined citizens when they grow up, grow older.
I plan to volunteer as part-time teacher or whatever help I can contribute to the Army Civil Military Operations Group or the CMOG or the Tulong Foundation Inc. founded by Salesian Fr. Rocky Evangelista who is helping promote the well-being of street children for quite sometime now. We have heard so much in our community here about the good Fr. Evangelista, and now the CMOG are doing.
On information on the program, there will be in-house and non-formal classes held using the Alternative Learning System Modules and is approved by the Department of Education. Much more, there will also be vocational courses like Automotive, Refrigeration, Building Wiring Installation, Baking, Computer, Culinary arts and Metal Welding. Wow, this program is one laudable undertaking!
We thank our military for coming out with such as program to help find meaning and importance in learning for streetchildren and to get them out of the pit of poverty and rejection. To the soldiers, our hats off.
Rae H. Abrenica