Feature: Students, teachers, LGU, soldiers gather for peace
Asuncion, Davao del Norte (13 October) -- A total of 500 students, teachers, local officials and soldiers gathered in a peace symposium at Kapalong College of Technology in Davao Del Norte Province 9:00 AM Saturday October 9, 2009.
Kapalong Mayor, Eduardo Timbol led lecturers and participants in the peace forum which focused on the role of the youth in nation building, peace and development efforts of the government, prevention of common crimes, protection of women and children and drug abuse prevention and control.
Mayor Timbol emphasized the ill effects of communism and the role of the youth in the society as future leaders of the nation. "The youth is the hope of our nation, but if you are misguided you could no longer be that hope; instead, you will be the problem of society. Huwag kayong magpapalinlang sa mga matatamis na dila ng mga Komunista bagkus pagbutihin ninyo ang inyong pag-aaral. Be what you dream to be and be successful in the furure," Timbol said. The Municipal Health Office, police and army resource persons on the other hand provided needed inputs on their field of expertise.
Lt. Col. Adriano Perez Jr. commander of the army's 60th Infantry Battalion covering the area, lauded the school officials in coming-up with such forum saying "This is a timely event, our youth represents the best in us and our efforts towards peace and development must be focused on directing and guiding them to the right road to take so that they may not fall prey to criminal syndicates, terrorist groups and organizations masquerading as protectors of the youth but in truth are wolves hiding in sheep's skin."
"We will continue to conduct information drives and serve our people hand in hand with the PNP and LGU to educate our populace at all levels regarding peace and the insurgency problem.
This is also our way of getting closer with the community and it also shows that our soldiers are here in the countryside; not to wage war but to watch over peace and development projects in the area, protect our people from local terrorists and criminals; and serve the community," Perez adds. (60th IB) [top]