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63IB youth symposium
2Lt Mary Ellen Fabros, civil-military officer of 63rd Infantry (Innovator) Battalion as speaker during the symposium conducted at Lope De Vega National High School, Lope de Vega, and Rosario Lim National High School, Catarman all of Northern Samar February 11-12, 2016.

Youth from Northern Samar empowered by soldiers

By DPAO, 8ID PA
February 17, 2016

LOPE DE VEGA, Northern Samar – The 63rd Infantry (Innovator) Battalion under the leadership of Lt. Col Carmelito T Pangatungan has successfully spearheaded the youth symposium both in Lope De Vega and Rosario Lim National High School all of Catarman Northern Samar on February 11, 2016.

The symposium is anchored on “IPSP Bayanihan” through intensified stakeholders engagement, the Army facilitated lectures on the New People Army’s (NPA) machination and deceptive strategies in luring the youth into the senseless, and irrelevant armed struggle. Also, the Philippine National Police (PNP) gave lectures on anti-illegal drugs while, Technical Educational Skills Development Authority (TESDA) presented the available vocational courses and trainings to improve the social well-being of the youth.

Subsequently, the Philippine Military Academy donated 400 books to supplement learning’s and access on reading materials to level up the education of our youth in Catarman.

Lt. Col. Pangatungan gives priority on its information campaign to the youth sector since they are the most vulnerable target of communist insurgent recruitment and encourage the youth to become active partner in peace building because they the future leaders and hope of tomorrow.

“It is good to be aware of the social issues of our country and express desire for change but it is not right to bear arms in finding solution for social reform”, Pangatungan added.

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