Teachers get updates on campaign vs insurgency

By June 13, 2021Crime Notes

TEACHING and non-teaching personnel from the Schools Division of Alaminos, Dagupan and San Carlos City attended the Pangasinan leg of the virtual Peace Education Forum last week, June 1-3 for an update on the whole-of-nation approach to end the insurgency in the country.

Participants were school paper advisers, Araling Panlipunan teachers, disaster risk reduction management coordinators, and information coordinators in the three cities.

PIA-1 Regional Director Jennilyne Role said the forum was hosted by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) as the lead of the Strategic Communications Cluster of the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) in partnership with the Department of Education in the Ilocos Region.

Director Role said, the role of the education sector is critical since teachers are considered the second parents of the youth and government cannot afford to see another child misled by insurgents.

A briefing on Executive Order No. 70 and the Oplan Pagbubunyag was provided by Lt. Col. Mario Chico,  Director for Operations of the NTF-ELCAC;  Director Alden Masagca of the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency discussed the Communist-Terrorist (CTG), Youth and Students’ Recruitment while the Anti-Terror Law was presented by Prosecutors Alfred Ganaban and Conrado Catral, Jr. of the Department of Justice.

Mothers Luisa Espina, Mary Mariveles and Annabelle Sabado of the Hands Off Our Children Movement, whose children were victims of the deceptive recruitment of the Communist Terrorist Groups, also shared their first-hand experiences during the seminar.

Teachers in the division were thankful for the information relayed to them and were moved by the testimonies of the parents. “Ito po yung sinsabi nating providing the proper information to guide and empower students,” said teacher Giliane Sable.

Another teacher said: “It is heartbreaking to listen to the testimonies of the parents. Napapaisip din po ako ngayon kung paano ko gagabayan  ang mga anak ko, mga estudyante namin sa paaralan. Nakasalalay na lamang sa wastong edukasyon sa paaralan o pagtuturo ang paghubog sa mga bata na walang curtailment of their freedom of expression,”

The Peace Education Forum for the Schools Division of Urdaneta City, Pangasinan I and Pangasinan II will be on June 17-18. (PIA Pangasinan/(VHS)

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