IMPASUGONG, Bukidnon, Oct. 4 – Parents of students of Malaybalay City National Science High School organized the “SANDIGAN, a core group of parents who volunteered to support students’ activities for peace promotion to combat insurgency, during a symposium held in the said school at Aglayan, Malaybalay City, October 3.
As resource speakers in the symposium, the 8th Infantry Battalion, 4th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army together with some former rebels and representatives of the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA)- 10 enlightened some 200 parents regarding the recruitment scheme of the New People’s Army (NPA) in schools.
The parents, wanting their children to be safe from this scheme, formed the SANDIGAN as an exclusive group under the Parents and Teachers Association (PTA) to oversee this kind of activity and act as advisers to the students if ever such a case arises.
“We want to protect our children from NPA recruitment. We want them to be productive citizens of our society, that’s the reason we came up with this special group,” said Mr. Roger Nemenzo, PTA president and member of the Sandigan group.
Mr. John Rarogal, the Secondary School Principal, expressed his gratitude to the stakeholders who gave time to the school’s request.
“I really appreciate the participation of the stakeholders in our invitation. I believe that working together and helping each other will create an enormous result especially in combatting this NPA recruitment on the campus,” he said.
Meanwhile, Lieutenant Colonel Ronald Illana, the commanding officer of the 8th Infantry Battalion encouraged the parents to send their children to military schools and get the privilege and honor of serving the country.
There are stories of mothers who deeply desire for the return of their beloved missing children without knowing they are already engaged in leftist organizations.
The effort of the parents to have a core group within the campus to monitor NPA recruitment of students is substantial to the government program on ending the local communist armed conflict. (8IB,PA)
Source: PIA Feed