PMA Scholarship pushed in Mati

MATI CITY, DAVAO ORIENTALAbout 4,344 high school students, coming from 33 secondary schools from Davao Oriental and 44 school exhibitors from Davao Region, along with two Service Academies from Luzon, attended the two-day Provincial School Fair at SP Compound, Brgy. Dahican, Mati City.
Accordingly, the said school fair dubbed as “4th Davao Oriental School Fair”, hosted by Davao Oriental Vice-Governor Mayo Alamario, intends to provide a broad selection of schools for tertiary and vocational level to students without having them spend much to go to Davao City or farther places to inquire.
Almario also mentioned that the said fair may be replicated next year due to its success in encouraging senior high school students in the province in pursuing tertiary education, while providing the opportunity for the exhibitors to meet more than 4,000 probable enrollees and scholars.
Col. Rey Leonardo Guerrero, also a member of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class of 1984 and commander of 701st Infantry Brigade, facilitated the booth for PMA.
 “We support the noble Davao Oriental School Fair as we also wanted to extend in this province the 4-year scholarship program of PMA in building leaders with sure employment after they graduate”, Guerrero said.
“The fair is indeed a genius idea in encouraging our youth to pursue further education for their future.  Our Army units itself will not be able to visit all 33 high schools in this province in a very short span of time, but in partnership with the Government School Fair, thousands of students were informed on the military programs for scholarship and employment,” Guerrero added.


Kiwanis-Deped-Army launches 3-months Feeding Program

A total of 514 elementary pupils benefited the newly launched 3-month feeding program sponsored by the Kiwanis International - Golden Tagum, in partnership with DepEd Davao Oriental Division and 701st Infantry (Kagitingan) Brigade on August 9-10, 2012.
Kiwanis Golden Tagum along with the Deped Division Medical Team and Philippine Army delivered the initial one-month feeding supplies to 10 Elementary Schools in Mati City namely: Licop, Tagbobolo, Culian, Badas, Belsonda, Tamia, Tagabakid, V. Almario Sr Memorial ES, Bobon, MFG Rabat Memorial. The schoolchildren were categorized and prioritized according underweight and severely underweight from Kinder to Grade Six.
Mr Jeffrey Mataro, President of the Kiwanis Golden Tagum said that addressing malnutrition as early as preschool will contribute to the child’s performance in school.  “This feeding program is only supplementary to what the parents feed to their child, and this will not sustain without your (parents) commitment in providing the right nutrition to your child.”
“I thank DepEd for identifying the right beneficiaries of our advocacy, and I thank the 701st Brigade, Philippine Army under Col Rey Leonardo Guerrero for bridging us to these (beneficiaries) communities,” Mataro added.


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Thousands flock People’s Peace Rally in Davao Oriental

MATI, Davao Oriental – In vision to attain a peaceful and orderly community, a three-day Peace Building Seminar was organized by Task Force Mati in cooperation with the Local Government Unit, headed by Gov. Corazon Malanyaon of Davao Oriental, on August 10 – 12 in Mati National Comprehensive High School, this city.
It was followed by the People’ Peace Rally attended by more or less 1, 200 residents from various barangays who called for peace and unity that was held at the city’s Baywalk area Sunday morning.
With the theme “Pagpakabana, Baruganan ug Panaghiusa alang sa Kalinaw ug Kalambuan”, the activity was set to shove local populace to take responsibility and be part in maintaining peace and order in their communities.
Filled with various activities especially prepared by LGUs tailored fit to meet the needs of participants, it was one of the major segments of Army’s Peace and Development Outreach Program (PDOP). It was attended by 271 attendees coming from 26 barangays of Mati City.    
Commander of 701st Brigade, Col. Rey Leonardo Guerrero, assured that they will remain to be of assistance to the local government and in securing the people. “We are in need of your help to sustain peaceful and orderly communities. Only by helping one another, we can win peace and expect for a full blast development.” Col. Guerrero said.


Landmine blasts near school in Paquibato proper

CAMP PANACAN, Davao City– Landmine exploded near school killing one soldier in Brgy. Paquibato Proper, Paquibato District, Davao City 6:30 a.m. Wednesday.

10th Infantry Division disclosed that the said landmine was planted by members of the Organized Crime Group – New People’s Army along the passage way of the civilians in the community and about less than a kilometer from the school that caused fear among the residents.

Name of killed soldier is withheld prior to information of his family.

Lt. Col. Lyndon Paniza, Spokesperson of 10th ID, said that Peace and Development Team of 69th Infantry Battalion were on security patrol when the incident happened. Sporadic gun fires followed that lasted about two minutes.

“Though we were saddened by the incident but this will not wane our efforts in winning peace,” Paniza said. He added that the series of atrocities perpetrated by OCGs are clear indications that the Army’s Peace and Development Outreach Program is a threat to the diminishing force of the organized group.

The Spokesman said that OCGs are now on desperate moves due to social pressure brought by the increasing support received by the Army from communities and local government units.

He also calls for human rights watch who, he said, are lame seeking justice for the victims of atrocities. “The use of landmine has been recurring because perpetrators are not condemned by the so called human rights group and let lose after the atrocity.”

“It’s high time for them to act now and give justice to the victims of criminalities especially that the use of landmines is a clear violation of the localized agreement as stipulated under Part 3, Article 2, Number 15 of the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Right and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) which is signed between the contending parties to the conflict represented by the Government Republic of the Philippines (GRP) including its executive departments and agencies and National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) including the CPP and the NPA,” he added.