ONCAN, Army award remote schools for environmental drive

By Jennifer Catan-Tilos

NEGROS ORIENTAL (PIA) — The Oriental Negros Children’s Advocacy Network (ONCAN) spearheaded the awarding of certificates and school supplies to six hinterland elementary schools here for participating in the Bayanihan Para sa Kabataan (BPK) environmental campaign this school year.

The schools that received the awards include Calango Elementary School in Zamboaguita town, Julian Calibo Memorial School in Tanjay City, Dobob Elementary School in Valencia, Hagtu Elementary School in Mabinay, Hunop Elementary School in Pamplona, and Salingkubong Elementary School in Siaton.

ONCAN and the Philippine Army (PA) visited the schools for ‘Children’s Environmental Campaign’ which taught grades 5 and 6 students the value of loving the environment and challenged them to make their schools green.

Deputy Brigade Commander Col. Leopoldo Galon Jr. of 303rd Infantry Brigade said that BPK intensifies the campaign to bring some services for the children.

“We sent our soldiers to the upland to engage the stakeholders, teachers, parents, community, farmers, women, and children to promote the government and bring agencies or NGOs to come up with BPK,” Col. Galon said.

In her message, Division Supt. Lelanie Cabrera of Department of Education (DepEd) expressed her appreciation to ONCAN and the PA for bringing the campaign even to the remotest areas in the province.

Cabrera cited the Enhancement of Basic Education Act of 2008, saying that there should be a strong coordination with the NGOs, government agencies, and all the people in the community in order for school children to develop into well-rounded individuals in the community.

“We want the students in the remote areas to know that the people care for them and we want them to interact with other people in the community,” added Cabrera.

Meanwhile, Galon explained that the Army’s Oplan Bayanihan focuses on security operations towards  community development to “win the peace.”

Assistant Provincial Administrator Atty. Froilan Pinili, representing Governor Roel Degamo, said that activities like this led to the surrender of more than 30 rebels  in the hinterland and these areas where government services are needed badly.

Atty. Pinili said the provincial government welcome and support the collaboration efforts of ONCAN and the Army as this is helpful to the people of the province. (rmn/jct/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was first published at PIA website on Mar. 10, 2016)

 

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