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Bancasi, Butuan City – In line with the Christmas season and the celebration of the 84th Armed Forces of the Philippines Founding Anniversary, the Army’s 402nd Infantry (Stingers) Brigade caroled Butuanons for the benefit of the Mamanwa Communities in Brgy Bangonay of Jabonga and Hinimbangan of Kitcharao, all of Agusan del Norte yesterday, December 21, 2019.

On board a military truck from December 11 to 17, 2019, the Stingers Band of 402nd Brigade roamed around the City and serenaded the Butuanons with Christmas carols to raise funds for the identified beneficiary community within the Brigade area of responsibility as a way of celebrating Christmas and demonstrating the joy of giving highlighting the AFPs commitment and duty to serve the people in time with its 84th Founding Anniversary.

Mr Reynante Desiata, Butuan City Administrator, warmly welcomed the Stingers Carolers in Butuan City Hall as employees joyfully watched and joined the singing and dancing during the Christmas caroling. “Christmas season is really in the air! In the midst of the challenges in life, this kind of activity lightened up our day to day grind in our works. We commit and support this endeavor as we trust the AFP in its quest to provide for our unfortunate ‘Kababayans’ this season of giving.”

Team Stingers in collaboration with Ms Jane Pansacala of the Department of Agrarian Reform Caraga provided Christmas gift packs for the undertaking. Likewise, troops and other benevolent individuals initiated a donation drive for used clothing as additional gifts, for our less fortunate brothers and sisters this Christmas.

“A total of ninety (90) families from the IP communities in Brgys Bangonay and Hinimbangan benefited the Pamaskong Handog ng 402nd Brigade which also complemented my personal advocacy to really provide in our own little ways, joy and smile for our underprivileged brothers and sisters this yuletide season. We were able to give food packs, spaghetti bundle, used clothing and seedlings from DAR. I really thank General Licudine and his troops from 402nd Brigade for committing and supporting this endeavor. Truly it is the AFP we can always rely upon and trust”, Ms Jane Pansacala said.

Datu Jose Francis Rogoy of Sitio Inayao of Bgry Bangonay said, “Nalipay ko kaayo og dako kay kamo nagtabang ilabina sako katawhan sakong tribu nga mga Mamanwa. Kamo gyud ang una nga nianhi og nitabang bisan pa sa kalisod. Walay mahitabo kaninyo diri og kami naningkamot nga kami tanan musuporta sa gobyerno”. Likewise, Haide Demolde of Sitio Tagbuaya, Brgy Bangonay also expressed her deep appreciation to the little things the soldiers have shared with them. In vernacular she said, “Dako kayo ang akong kalipay bisan pa gamay ra ni nga butang tungod kay naa pay goberyno nga nagpakabana kanamo”.

Meanwhile, 402nd Brigadier Commander, Brigadier General Maurito L Licudine, said “This is the true picture that the people experience from our soldiers in Mindanao. Always finding ways to serve the people and ensure positive moments amidst trials we face against the terrorist and lawless elements such as the CPP-NPA Terrorist (CNT) lurking around always looking for an opportunity to sow terror and threat to our people”.

“We thank the people of Butuan, the Regional agencies and Provincial LGUs to include the LGU of Butuan City and other nearby municipalities in amiably sharing their blessings for the benefit of our underprivileged communities”, BGen Licudine added.

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