TALACOGON, Agusan del Sur – Twenty-one (21) aspiring Out of School Youth (OSY) who belong to Indigenous People (IP) will undergo thirty (30) days of computer literacy training in the municipality of Esperanza, Agusan del Sur, as they attend the opening ceremony, Wednesday morning, October 28, 2020.
The said activity was made possible through the peaceful initiative of 26th Infantry (Ever Onward) Battalion, Philippine Army supported by LGU Esperanza and in partnership with TESDA, NCIP, and DepEd. Historically, said activity was the first ever Mobile Computer Literacy (MCL) Training launched in the province of Agusan del Sur.
Assembled inside a forty (40) footer fully air conditioned container van, a mobile computer laboratory installed with twenty one (21) high-technology computers, gadgets, and equipment intended for basic computer literacy learning.
MCL Training was initiated in order to train and educate the youth especially IPs; to prepare and transform the participants as productive members of the community; and to empower them as peace and development advocates in the community.
Esperanza is the first municipality in Agusan del Sur to launch MCL which provides basic computer education to marginalized sectors, the IPs. This is also in line with the AFP’s Community Support Program (CSP) in bringing the government closer to the people in attaining a conflict resilient communities.
“We are very lucky that among the municipalities in the Province of Agusan del Sur, Esperanza is chosen to pioneer the said computer literacy training. We are hoping that all of you will deliver its full commitment and devotion in this kind of training which is very timely and well-fitted in our modern world because of technology”, Virginia T. Talidro said, District 1 DepEd Supervisor.
Meanwhile, the LGU of Esperanza applauded the peaceful initiative of the Philippine Army particularly 26IB in giving hope and recognition to all IPs especially OSY. “We are very thankful to 26IB in giving chance to our IP-OSY to pursue a brighter future and become a productive youth in their communities as they prepare to become the reign and next generation of leaders in the future”, Vice- Mayor Eric Rey G. Siohan said.
Relatively, Major Ariel S. Fabria, Executive Officer of 26IB, expressed his gratitude to LGU Esperanza for its undying support to all the programs of 26IB towards lasting peace. “How lucky we are to have this kind of local government who is always there to support us in our endeavor in attaining lasting peace in the area”, he said during his welcome remarks.
With the insurgency problem brought about by the Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs) in the countryside, this CNTs have been using its full machinery to exploit issues and launch atrocities to advance their agenda and discredit the government’s effort in maintaining peace and order in the country. “Our youth is one of the vulnerable sector in our society.
Their young minds are being exploited and poisoned by the CNT propaganda in order to agitate them and feel hatred towards the government, which later on will be used to recruit them to join as NPA combatants”, BGen. Maurito L. Licudine said, 402nd Infantry Brigade Commander.
“Youth is the hope of our nation, as Dr. Jose Rizal said. For that, we have to protect our youth sectors as well as preserve the future of our nation against the destructive activities of the CNT in pursuing their political ambition , to destroy our democracy”, BGen. Licudine added.