TAGO, Surigao del Sur, Sept 18 – the Action Against Hunger Philippines based at Tandag City commit ties with the army’s 36IB during their call held at H36IB, Brgy Dayoan, Tago, this province.
Ruel Fegarido, DRR Program Manager and Leonard Talipan, Base Logistics Officers and Security Focal Person of Action Against Hunger Philippine personally visited and conducted courtesy call to Ltc Xerxes Trinidad, Commander, 36IB, PA.
During their call, Ltc Xerxes Trinidad introduced the later to the officers and personnel of the said unit and formally inform the troops about the organization. Ruel Fegarido, DRR Program Manager discussed the vision, mission and the charter principles of their organization.
Also, the unit presented a video presentation entitled; Sa Likod ng Pulang Bandila a 44 mins documentary film and the Madugong Singkwenta, for them to know and an eye-opener on how the CTGs deceived the people through their propaganda and lies.
Based on the reports, the said NGO was tagged as a left-leaning organization because of their involvement and participation in supporting the CTGs during some of their immersions and their conduct of community-based outreach program in Conflict Affected Areas. Wherein, there are some issues arises that fuel the fire in tagging their organization as left-leaning.
In his statement, Ruel Fegarido, DRR Program Manager, AAH said that the organization is maintaining its neutrality, the issues of the red-tagging against their organization is just an isolated case and it is a lesson learned from their part without knowing that they are just one of the victim of the CTGs propaganda and deceptive strategy.
“We will be more cautious in helping the community, we will be more aware of identifying our beneficiaries and what our next step and action in order not to support this CTGs,” said Fegarido.
He also added that they will be more committed to the Armed Forces and the government to be a partner in achieving its mission by building resilient communities and the vision of a world without hunger.
Meanwhile, Ltc Xerxes Trinidad, Commander, 36IB lauded the bold move and the sincere gesture of the Action Against Hunger Philippines is showing their commitment and respect as a Non-Government Organization to the Philippine Army.
“You are just one of the so many organizations that became a victim of the propaganda and lies of the CTG, your action is a stepping stone to deliver your services in a right way and a right person,” army official said.
He also added that the partnership will be the start of working in unison and to recognize the organization to achieve the vision and mission of everyone to have a disaster and conflict resilient communities.
The Action Against Hunger Philippines is a Non-Government Organization aims to save lives by eliminating hunger through the prevention, detection and treatment of malnutrition, especially during and after emergency situations of conflict, war and natural disaster. (1Lt Jonald Romorosa, CMO,36IB)