Three NPA members were killed in a clash with government troops in Sitio Tibungco, Montevista, Compostela Valley Province around 9:30 a.m., April 30. The soldiers recovered a pistol and back packs from the NPA in the 10-minute firefight. The other NPA members immediately withdrew after the firefight while bringing the FAs of their dead members. There was no casualty on the government side. Civilian residents revealed that the NPA is again back to extort at their communities. They promised to report again to the military if the bandit group will again resurface in their Barangay. EASTMINCOM Commander Lt. Gen. Ricardo Rainier G. Cruz III earlier directed all military units in the area to secure the communities from the NPA’s extortion. He further highlighted saying “Our soldiers are on its best effort to protect the communities from the NPA’s extortion and harassments”.
Davao Gulf Save Our Shores 2014 dubbed as “Katawhan Katambayayong sa Kahinlo sa Kabaybayunan” in celebration of the Earth Day 2014 aims to clean and make our shoreline replenished through the means of bayanihan.
The clean-up drive started at Toril to Lasang all of Davao City that adheres mainly on the restoration of our seashore which we all know is one of our natural resources that attracts thousands of tourists making it one of Davao’s pride wherein we really need to preserve and maintain. This Earth Day 2014 is more than an event but an appeal for the people that indeed we need to be responsible enough and be accountable of our own garbage and waste materials.
Nowadays, everybody is experiencing global warming or climate change and that Davao has been one of its victims during the typhoon Pablo hit its provinces. Lives were losts, properties were ruined and dreams have been crushed. This time, we need to learn our lesson and be aware of the consequences of our actions. We really cannot stop the drastic change that is happening but we can still do our part by lessening the pollution and helping our environment sustain its life not only for us but also for the next generations to come.
The venture was actively participated by LGU-Davao, Eastern Mindanao Command, Task Force Davao, 5th CRG, CRS, AFP, Abreeza Ayala Malls, Alveo, Seda, Avida, C-One Trading Corporation, MDC, React Philippines, BPI, We-Aim, Rotary Club International, Sea Shepherd, JCI Durian City Incorporation, Liga ng mga Barangay sa Pilipinas and all participating barangays who showed their support were Lapu-lapu, 21-C, Matina Aplaya, Daliao, Agdao Centro, 23-C, Talomo, Lizada, Pampanga, Duterte, 31-D, Bago Aplaya, Sirawan, Hizon, Leon Garcia, 76-A, Dumoy, Binugao and Panacan respectively.
We are hoping that this is not the end but the beginning of something greater that would bring change not only to the seashores but to our environment as a whole. It is our deepest desire that this activity will convince our Davao residents to be more aware in making our Earth a better place to live in.
Finally, the Davao Gulf (SOS) Earth Day 2014 was a very successful activity and was participated by both government and non-government organizations as well by the residents of the partaking barangays of the said event. Depicted were the happy countenances of the participants which surely have established an impression to them that they need to take care of the environment for this is where we live at and thus we have the responsibility to be accountable of it.
The 1003rd Infantry Brigade, Philippine Army and Kapalong Police Station are the recipient of the said training which aims to endow them in proper handling of the equipment. The delegates of the said training are those coming from the battalions under the 1003rd Brigade as well as a certain Police Station in Kapalong wherein they were subject to undergo a training in radio broadcasting as well as in maintenance and operations of the equipment that will surely enhance their capabilities and develop their hidden talents.
Every detail of the MRBS was explained and demonstrated by the training in charge as well as by the lecturers. Basically, the endeavor was made through the efforts of the General Headquarters and Eastern Mindanao Command to reach out our fellow Filipino’s at the mountainous area also through the initiative of the 5th Civil Relations Group in collaboration with the 4th Civil Relations Group which was also made possible by the mandate of Civil Relations Service, Armed Forces of the Philippines.
During the opening of the two (2) day training yesterday, the brigade commander COL HAROLD N CABREROS INF (GSC) PA stressed out that this equipment will be used for the dissemination of adequate and appropriate information to the main beneficiary which is the Indigenous People residing in Paquibato and Davao del Norte areas. He also said that “this will contribute to enhance our capabilities and in pursuing developmental projects.” Definitely, this will establish trust and sympathy among the target audience whom we consider the biggest challenge for the fifteen (15) soldiers and one (1) police officer whenever they would start the campaign of winning the peace in their area of responsibilities.
The said maintenance and operations training is expected to end today which adheres mainly in equipping them with the right procedures and accurate ways of handling the apparatus since these are highly sensitive which needs extra care from the soon to be broadcasters.
“Napakalaking responsibilidad ang nilagay sa ating balikat na kailangan nating gampanan bilang tayo ang national priority” COL CABREROS said and that “this is a serious training which will serve as a tool of war” he added.
After their television guesting at GMA Davao this morning, a one of a kind performance was also held at University of Southeastern Philippines (USEP) which is expected to be witnessed by numerous students as well as the faculty members and parents who were very enthusiastic to participate in this event. The admiration in these cadets was painted on the countenances of the attendees who patiently waited and were expecting their presentation in the said university.
Their “Silent Drill Exhibition” will mainly adhere in the promoting the Philippine Military Academy to the aspiring young and potentially qualified to enter the said institution this upcoming school year or maybe in the future. This performance will not only deal with entertaining their audience but most importantly in portraying the discipline they learned from the academy which is surely their advantage among other universities in the country.
It is definitely everyone’s dream to be part of this premier academy in the country. The institution offers free education with pay and allowances included wherein the student will have the opportunity to help their family while having the privilege of being part of this prestigious military academy in the Philippines.
We are aware that the government is spending millions in each cadet which is taken from the taxes paid by the Filipino citizens not to mention the assurance of a stable job after graduation.
Everybody dreams of having a long term career which will absolutely sustain their needs not only in the present but for their future knowing that this kind of job offers an annuity after retiring from the service.
Among many aspirants each year to be part of this premier academy only few have been given the chance to become part of this institution that we all know is disciplined and possesses that prestige and integrity regardless of the fame and other advantages a cadet is entitled to have is the chance to accomplish their dreams.
Indeed, despite the destitution and physically exhausting training that the plebe has to undertake, their only tool is determination to surpass those things because it will always take that passion and a strong heart in order to achieve particular dreams in life regardless of being a soldier and in other aspects of life.