The army brought the children with their teachers, parents and barangay officials to Dumaguete City over the weekend to show them the city life as a tool towards a new horizon apart from their life in the hinterlands.
The 11th Infantry (Lapu-Lapu) Battalion in collaboration with Oriental Negros Children’s Advocacy Network (ONCAN), Department of Education (DepEd), Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office (NOPPO) and the Local Government Unit of Guihulngan City, launched this educational tour dubbed “Bayanihan para sa Kabataan, Lakbay Aral para sa Karunungan” for the elementary students to have a learning experience in the city, said civil military officer, 1Lt Von Ryan Gomez of 11th IB.
The first stop of the tour, as the Domestic Airport where the kids had a glimpse of real airplanes which they only see on books and drawings.
For the next destination the kids had breakfast and played with the Mascot Ronald McDonald at Mc Donald, Dumaguete Branch.
On its trip, the Visayan Forum Foundation provided a lecture on child labor and recruitment and Anti Human Trafficking to the participants, after which the group proceeded to Quezon Park, Cathedral, Bellfry Tower, Rizal Boulevard, Siliman University and Provincial Capitol.
At the Sports Complex and Convention Center, two basketballs and volley balls were handed over to the school teacher-in-charge.
1Lt Gomez said “The excitement did not stop here for the children visited Eco Kalan Felipa Beach resort at Brgy Mangnao, where they were treated to lunch followed by the demonstration in using the Eco Kalan.”
Their amazement continued as they toured at Robinsons Mall, Played Electronic Games at the World of Fun, snacked at Jollibee and danced with the mascot, 1Lt Gomez said.
Before the children returned home, they received assorted schools supplies, umbrellas, slippers, toothbrush, toothpaste, nutri packs and a book of hope from ONCAN sponsors.
Moreover, the school also was the recipient of two sets of Encyclopedia.
The tour culminated with the traditional boodle fight at the 11th IB’s home in Brgy Mckinley, Guihulngan City.
Coleen Teves of ONCAN stressed that the organization will continue with the advocacy to help children especially those from hinterland Barangays.
Teacher-in-charge Renaldo Campasas of Bonbon Elementary School expressed his heartfelt gratitude for all the gifts given to the schoolchildren.
For 11IB Commander, Lt Col. Wilfredo V Isaac expressed the soldiers’ commitment to secure the youth from negative influences and guide them to a brighter future.
Isaac added that the launching of Lakbay Aral continues to promote education among the youth as the key in attaining true peace, security and development in the community, which will greatly lessen the insurgency in the area. (mbcn/JCT/PIA7-Negros Oriental)