CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA)–The National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA)-10 led an information drive cum socio-civic activity at Luyungan Indigenous People’s High School (LIPHS) to drum up public awareness on CTG-NPA atrocities on IP communities and distribute food packs.
Established in 2016, the LIPHS was built to accommodate the primary and secondary students of Bukidnon’s seven tribes namely, Higaonon, Talaandig, Bukidnon, Umayamnon, Matigsalog, Tigwahanon, and Manobo.
“This institution is one of its kind in South East Asia because we are able to manage not only one tribe but the seven tribes of Bukidnon. What is unique in this institution is that despite cultural differences, these students and teachers live as one here; we live as one IP community,” said LIPHS School Head Romil Jabonero in his opening message.
As most IP communities being located in the hinterlands, Jabonero said, they are most often the target for CTG-NPA recruitment and exploitation. But this has been countered by providing them with learning opportunities to free them from poverty and ignorance.
NICA-10 led by Regional Director Manuel Orduña in collaboration with the Department of Education (DepEd)-10 also held an information drive to inform the IP youth on the scourge of the CTG-NPA terrorists, discussing EO 70 on the whole-of nation approach to end local communist armed conflict.
One of the speakers known as “Alias Cindy”, a former rebel, shared her 10-year stint in the CTG-NPA, how she was brainwashed and misled in her formative years and went through a life that almost destroyed her being.
Support to EO 70
In support EO 70, law students from Xavier University and Liceo University in collaboration with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-10 held a socio-civic activity and gave out 245 hygiene kits, clothing, slippers, books, school supplies, alcohol, and P15,000 worth of food packs, among others.
With over 80 participants adhering to minimum health safety protocols in said event, Social Welfare and Development (SWAD) Team Leader Edgr G. Requilme of DSWD-10 reiterated his office’s commitment to assisting the IP community in support of ending local communist armed conflict.
Jason Dacuyan, the out-going president of Xavier University – Law Council, also expressed support to helping the IP community and attaining long and lasting peace. “Our commitment as law students is that we will do our best to study to end this insurgency, as it hinders progress in Philippine society,” he said.
Myron Talosig of DepEd-10 expressed his gratitude to the participants, emphasizing that such activity is a tangible manifestation of the “whole-of-nation approach “as embodied in the provisions of EO 70.
With the various stakeholders working together from the public and private sector to aid the youth of LIPHS, “Alias Cindy” could not help but express heartfelt observation from the unified approach in the attainment of peace.
“One by one, piece by piece, we will end the CTG-NPA,” the former NPA member said. (VPSB/PIA10)