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Army, youth jointly organize Summer Youth Peace Camp

Sto Tomas, Davao del Norte (4 June) -- In order train the youth as future leaders in their community and at the same time promote peace awareness, the Sanguniang Kabataan (SK) Council and 1003rd Brigade in cooperation with brgy officials jointly organized a Summer Youth Peace Camp at Brgy San Jose, Sto Tomas, Davao del Norte last May 23-27, 2010 with a theme: "Uswag Kabataan, Now Na!".

It was attended by more or less 100 youth participants mostly SK members, Out-of-school youths whose age's ranges form 15-21 years old.

In the week long Peace camp, organizers conducted everyday various activities to develop the youth's leadership abilities, love for country and enhance their participation in community organizing programs.

The activities were presented thru lecture type discussion and team building workshops. Resource persons from DENR, MSWD, PNP and ARMY were invited to present each programs and advocacy. 1Lt Harold Ho, CMO Officer delivered a lecture in Barangay Awareness Module. He also gave an overview of the unit's efforts in maintaining the present peace and order situation and discussed ways how the youth can contribute to the peace building activities of the unit.

The youths and the soldiers also conducted tree planting activities in which 300 mahogany seedlings were planted in the slopes of Sitio Talos, a Lumad community of said barangay. In this activity, they have realized the importance taking care of the environment and pledged in preserving the beauty of it. Tribal leaders who witnessed the deed commended the military's and youth's concern for their ancestral land.

On the last day, the participants and the brgy officials visited the 1003rd camp based in Brgy New Visayas in the same town. They where showed documentary films entitled "Army: Across the land" narrating the Philippine Army's History and its capabilities. The last film is entitled "Campus Infiltration" where it exposed the terrorist NPA's ways in infiltrating the student sector.

Afterwards, they were toured into 3 stations showcasing the capabilities of the Artillery cannons, Armor tanks and Engineering construction vehicles. On each station they were allowed to take pictures on the cannon and ride the tanks to let them feel what is like to be a real soldier.

After the tour the soldiers prepared a "boodle fight" consisting of rice, sardines and pancit to let the students experienced the military's old tradition. In the closing program, in behalf of the group Ms Frelyn Bagayas, SK Chairman and Hon Henry Dejisica, Brgy Chairman gave their impressions on what they learned and also thanked the troops for co-organizing the activity. Dejisica said: "We appreciated the efforts of the brigade in helping us in molding the youth to become a productive and peace loving individual. We also salute and commend the unit's role in maintaining peace and order in our land".

Col Domingo Tutaan, Brigade Deputy Commander rendered his closing remarks to the participants. He encouraged the youth to volunteer their time in doing community services instead of joining in gangs who are sometimes involved in drug related incidents and petty crimes. (10th ID) [top]

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