Army, police join hands
serving depressed communities for development
By JAZMIN BONIFACIO
July 14, 2014
CARIGARA, Leyte – Soldiers and PNP are familiar sights today in rural
areas and in conflict-affected communities, especially in Leyte and
Samar. They cross rivers, climb mountains, reaching far-flung
barangays with difficult terrain and accessibility, is undertaken to
teach the farmers – the basic education, health, proper nutrition,
values education, farming techniques, and income-generating projects,
to help uplift them from the bondage of poverty and ignorance. And
this, apart from their duties to help maintain peace and order.
In line with the Peace and Development Program of the Philippine Army,
troops of the `Charlie’ company of the 19th Infantry battalion Phil
Army and teams from Philippine National Police were warmly received by
the barangay officials and residents of Brgy. Canlampay, Paglaum,
Caghalo, San Isidro and Hiluctugan in Carigara, Leyte last July 2,
Barangay Chairman Narciso Llanza of Brgy. Hiluctugan said “I guess
they are not here to bring war but to change the perception of my
people what soldiers really are.”
And Brgy chairwoman Aurora Quebec of Brgy Caghalo, Carigara, Leyte
said, “we should be thankful that this time, the Army and Police is
now in Brgy Caghalo as our partner in implementing peace and order in
our barangay.” She lauded as well the troops for their discipline and
for showing genuine peace and development efforts to the people.
While Asterio Uribe, 57 yrs old, a farmer of Brgy San Isidro said “we
feel safe and we thank the soldiers and the police for their care,
compassion and understanding to us residents here in the village, it
cannot be matched and we are proud to have them here in our barangay.”
Meanwhile, in a separate interview with 1Lt. Jaime B. Tuguic Jr.,
company commander of the 19th IB, Charlie Company, said that deployed
troops focused not only on people’s safety, for territorial defense
and securing the area, but also to unite and work hand in hand with
the stakeholders, local executives and heads of agencies in order to
solve the insurgency problem.
The Bayanihan Team of Charlie Company of the 19th IB together with the
PNP jointly had to identify social issues and the team are known for
their capabilities in bringing livelihood projects in communities in
coordination with the local government agencies.
“Our goal is to cultivate synergy from stakeholders’ network for the
benefit of the communities” Lt. Tuguic said.
Their efforts helped reduce illiteracy rate in far flung barangays and
reduced poverty. It empowers the rural people with knowledge, skills
and values that will help them be a better person.
The truth according to Lt. Tuguic is that there are a lot of noise out
there drowning out quite voices, and many people have stopped
listening to the cries of their neighbors. Lots of folks have put
their hands over their ears to drown out the sufferings. Some
institutions have distanced themselves from the disturbing cries. But
one thing beautiful for now is folks in poverty are no longer just a
missions project but become a genuine friends and family with whom we
laugh, cry, dream and struggle.