Bancasi, Butuan City – The 402nd Infantry (Stingers) Brigade hosted a first ever Caraga Wide Media Fellowship with a theme “Sustaining Media Partnership towards Peace and Development” last December 14, 2019 held at its Headquarters at Brgy. Bancasi, Butuan City.
More than one hundred (100) media practitioners coming from fifty-one (51) print, radio and tv stations from different provinces of Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur and Butuan City have gathered for a 1-day fun-filled media fellowship that includes Press Conference, Military Boodle Fight, Fun Shoot and finally a Media Night to cap the fellowship.
Media participants were entertained by the Stingers band and joyfully received bundles of joy, mug and t-shirts as give away while various raffle items were received by lucky media winners.
The activity as pre-Christmas activity of the Brigade aimed to give updates on the accomplishments of the 402nd Brigade and the 401st Brigade in line with the AFPs campaign against the CPP-NPA-NDF in order to attain a long and lasting peace in Caraga; socialize and continue to strengthen the partnership between the Officers, Men and Women of the 402nd Brigade with 401st brigade and the media practitioners representing the whole Caraga region covering the provinces of Agusan del Norte, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur and lastly, to recognize the contribution of the media partners which in one way or another greatly contributed towards the unit’s mission accomplishments.
The activity was also attended by the Commander of the 401st Brigade, Col Allan D Hambala; 402nd Deputy Brigade Commander, Col Cerilo C Balaoro; and Battalion Commanders operationally controlled by the 402nd Brigade namely, Lt Col Isagani O Criste of 29IB, Lt Col Jeffrey Villarosa of 30IB and Lt Col Jeezrel Diagmel of 36IB who served as panelist during the Press Conference. Also present were Police Community Affairs and Development Division (CADD) Officers (formerly known as PCR) from PNP in Agusan del Norte, Dinagat Island, Butuan City Police Office, Surigao City police Officer and PRO13 represented by Police Lt Col Edmund Corpuz, RCADD.
Likewise, Director Abner M Caga, Regional Director of Philippine Information Agency Caraga, who was one of the Guest Speaker, was in full force with several PIA personnel in gracing the Media together with his staff. He said that civilians especially the media entities must support the AFP as they are the ones ensuring our safety and negate the spreading of the propaganda of the CPP-NPA-NDF termed as “fake news”. Further, Director Caga said, “This is the most successful and most attended Media Fellowship we have experienced in Caraga.
Meanwhile, Brigadier General Maurito L Licudine, 402nd Brigade Commander, said that the Army firmly believes in the important role of the media as the catalyst of truth and in bringing the correct information to every constituent. Thus it is but fitting to solidify the partnership between the Army and the media practitioners through an endeavor such as the Media Fellowship.
“This event underscores the value of our partnership in promoting awareness and as an advocate of peace especially in today’s fast flow of information wherein our campaign to address the insurgency problem becomes a battle of narratives and perception”, He added.
He concluded that through the convergence as part of the Task Force to End the Local Communist Armed Conflict, different government agencies are now synchronizing their efforts focusing on addressing the issues commonly exploited by the CPP-NPA-NDF in the Conflict Affected Areas (ConAAs) and in the Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDAs).