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PIA Press Release
2010/02/24

569 students, teachers and parents tour 1003rd Brigade Camp

Sto Tomas, Davao del Norte (24 February) -- Three hundred sixty nine (369) ROTC Cadets from different colleges and universities in Davao del Norte had an Educational Tour at 1003rd Brigade's Camp based at Brgy New Visayas, Sto Tomas, Davao del Norte yesterday, February 21, 2010.

This whole day activity was hosted by the brigade in coordination with the 1102nd Community Defense Center, 11th RCDG, ARESCOM, for the Basic and Advance ROTC cadets as part of their actual application of the ROTC subjects.

Upon their arrival at 9am, a short program commenced, were they warmly welcomed by the Officers and personnel of the brigade led by Col Domingo Tutaan, the Brigade Deputy Commander.

He presented an Information briefing regarding CPP-NPA-NDF's dual revolutionary tactics on waging an armed revolution and legal struggle in order to overthrow the democratic form of government. After his briefing, 1Lt Harold Ho, CMO Officer showed documentary films entitled "Army: Across the land" and "Sundalo Bayani" narrating the Philippine Army's History, Organization and its capabilities. The last film is entitled "Campus Infiltration" where it showed the communist's tactics in infiltrating the Student sector.

In the afternoon, the Cadets guided by their designated tour guides started their tour into the five (5) stations showcasing the different capabilities of the Army. The stations are as follows: 1) Static display of Small arms and crew serve weapons 2) Cavalry Operations; its armor vehicles and capabilities. 3) Display of Artillery cannons. 4) Display of Engineering Construction Vehicles and last is 5) Static display of Infantry Squad organization. On each station they were allowed to take pictures, handle the different weapons and ride the military vehicles to let them feel what is like to be a real soldier.

When the tour is finally ended, selected cadets coming from Davao Winchester College (DWC), Kapalong College for Arts (KCAST), Sciences and Technology and University of Mindanao Tagum (UMT) gave their impressions on what they learned and experienced on the said activity. As heard in their impressions, cadets are very satisfied in the outcome of the well- organized activity. They also requested the unit to repeat the same tour next year.

Lt Col Alfredo Lazo, the Deputy Commander of 11th RCDG rendered his message were he congratulated the host unit and the OPCON units for its successful preparation of the tour. In the closing program, Lt Col Raul Laruan, the Brigade Ex-o rendered his closing remarks to the participants. He encouraged the students to study hard and also thanked them for visiting the camp.

Same activity was also held in the camp last Feb 15 and 19, 2010 were around 200 Kinder and Elementary pupils from Jireh School of Tomorrow Inc and Precious Child Learning Center together with their teachers and parents toured the camp.

After the tour, soldiers served hot rice porridges "Arokaldo" and cold juices to the pupils and teachers who lined up to get their share. The activity is in partnership of the brigade with the local teachers and Baptist Mission Church based at Sto Tomas.

Bgen Eduardo Del Rosario, Commander of 1003rd Brigade in an interview with the media said: "This Educational tour is part of program of the brigade for all the students in any level visit the military camp in order to see the different roles and capabilities of the Philippine Army in protecting the people and as partners in nation building. We are very optimistic that this kind of activities will improve the relationship of the military with the youth sector and each student will go back to their respective places with a good story to tell about the military". (10th ID) [top]

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