Philippine Army leads Children’s Month celebration in Comval

October 8, 2014 6:48 am 

MACO, Compostela Valley, Oct. 7 — The Army’s 71st Infantry Battalion spearheaded the celebration of the 22nd National Children’s Month Tuesday with the participation of 118 pre-school and elementary students of the Mansaka tribe.

The celebration dubbed “Maagang Pamasko at Lakbay Lumad” was held for the children and their parents coming from Barangays Sangab of Maco, Golden Valley and Anitapan of Mabini all of Compostela Valley Province.

The activity aimed to bring joy to Mansaka children and let them experience something they only see on television.

Present during the program were barangay officials, the Fraternal Order of Eagles, military officers from the 10th Infantry Division, the IP Youth Federation president of CVP and Datu Ruben Samoing-barangay Anitapan Tribal Councilman and IP youth leaders.

One of the highlights of the activities was the entertainment provided by three Jollibee mascots, a clown and magician whose tricks the children appreciated and enjoyed. Likewise, the stakeholders and parents affirmed their commitment to support the rights of the children and ensured to support the observance of the National Children’s Month.

According to 1Lt. Juan Carlo Bonin Sabardan, CO Charlie Coy, 71st IB, “the activity would not be realized if it is not for the various stakeholders who unselfishly devote their precious time and valuable savings just for the activity to be realized”.

The Army held the activity with the support of Apex Mining Corporation, Philippine Mining Development Corporation, Hexat Mining Corporation, The Fraternal Order of Eagles, Mampising Carp Benificiaries- Mampising Planters Cooperative, Unifrutti, NCCC Mall, Gaisano Mall, LGU Maco of Maco and Mabini, City of Tagum and Tau Gamma Phi Tagum Chapter.

“Kinahanglan nga atimanon ug amumahon nato pagmaayo ang atong mga anak kay dinha sa sulod a panimalay magsugod ang disiplina ug maayong kaugmaon sa atong kuminidad” (We really have to give attention to our children because discipline, and a bright future for the community begins within our homes),” said Ltc. Dennis Tanzo, commander of the 71st IB said in his message. (PNA)

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