City councilor Pedro Ebcas addressing the bayanihan teams during
the Send-off Ceremony held at Brgy. Boroc, Ormoc City on July 4,
formally send-off for bayanihan activities in Leyte
By 19th Infantry Battalion,
July 7, 2014
KANANGA, Leyte –
Troops under Army's 19th Infantry Battalion and PNP's Regional Public
Safety Battalion in Region VIII were dispatched for peace and
development missions dubbed as bayanihan activities in hinterland
villages of Ormoc City and Carigara, Leyte.
This after two batches of
combined Army and PNP troops were officially send-off during
ceremonies held on July 2 at Brgy. Tinaguban, Carigara, Leyte and on
July 4 at Brgy. Boroc, Ormoc City.
The ceremonies were attended
by local officials who welcomed and pledged their commitment to
support the mission of the government forces.
Lt. Col. Nedy Espulgar,
commanding officer of 19IB, said at least 60 PNP personnel were
augmented to the unit for the mission which is expected to terminate
in the next three months.
Espulgar further said that
during the mission, military and PNP shall jointly perform bayanihan
activities which include identification of social issues and
subsequently link them to appropriate government agencies and offices.
While in the area, troops are likewise mandated to assist in the
delivery of social services by domestic and foreign organizations.
"We will also look into
opportunities of introducing Land Bank's program on natural, organic
and sustainable farming system as this may help uplift and increase
the income of indigent farmers in the area," Espulgar added.
The actions and activities
of the bayanihan teams will be guided by the local officials and the
LGU whom Espulgar jokingly call as the teams' acting commanders in
their respective barangay.
After the ceremony, local
officials and bayanihan teams shared a traditional military "boodle
fight" which was ably prepared by the soldiers. After which, the local
officials boarded on the military trucks and took the bayanihan teams
who will be deployed in their respective villages.
For the said mission,
bayanihan activities will be focused in nine barangays namely
Canlampay, Paglaum, Caghalo, San Isidro and Hiluctugan in Carigara,
Leyte; and Boroc, Patag, Hugpa and Quezon Jr. in Ormoc City.
"We do not discount the fact
that this mission may stir-up the presence of the political and armed
components of the NPA. In the next few days, they might start
bombarding criticisms and “black propaganda” against government
forces. But our efforts will not be towards them, it will be for the
people in the community who needs our support", Espulgar concluded.