As one of its main thrusts to prevent the communist terrorist group’s recruitment in the youth sector, which is their primary source of cadre, the troops of the 71st Infantry (Kaibigan) Battalion, Philippine Army conducted an information and awareness drive among high school students of Burgos National High School in Barangay Poblacion Norte, Burgos, and Banayoyo National High School, Brgy Poblacion, Banayoyo, of Ilocos Sur on June 21, 2022.
The activity aims to increased awareness of the youth sector about the deceptive recruitment of the said terrorist group and to empower them about their significant role in nation-building.
Troops of 71IB led by 2lt Mae Pearl A Agustin, the Civil-Military Officer of 71IB discussed on the role of the youth in nation-building, challenges and issues among Filipino youth, evils of communism, stages of youth infiltration and EO70/NTF-ELCAC.
According to Lt Col. Michael B Bautista, Acting Commanding Officer of 71IB, the youth plays a significant role in our society; some of them will be the future legislators and leaders. At their very young age, let us mold their character to become good and productive citizens on our country.
“I challenge all parents and teachers that it is our duty to protect our children against the CTG upang wala nang kabataan ang maging biktima pa ng kanilang panlilinlang.” Lt. Col. Bautista added.
Meanwhile, MGen Andrew D Costelo PA, Commander of 7th Infantry (Kaugnay) Division reminded the youth sector and teachers to be more aware of the deceptive recruitment by the Communist Terrorist Group.
“As one of the most vulnerable sectors target by the CTG recruitment, students must be smart to analyze false information they use to engage the young generation in arm-conflict against the government, and as the second parent of the learner, teachers must be the first guard of the student to look for suspicious activity that can affect the students’ welfare.” — PA