The Oriental Negros Children’s Advocacy Network has committed to continue the campaign to help children from insurgency-affected barangays through a “Lakbay Aral Alang sa Kabataan” program campaign.
The second batch of 58 elementary school children from Banaue Elementary School in Pamplona, Negros Oriental, recently had a tour of Dumaguete City with a visit at the Provincial Capitol, the Dumaguete airport, and the mall.
Marietta Jambora, president of ONCAN, said the 58 children are grades five and six pupils from Banaue Elementary School. She said the commitment of ONCAN to initiate the Lakbay Aral Alangsa Kabataan will encourage the children to do well in their studies.
She said some of the children have to walk two to three hours before reaching their school and sometimes have to be absent, especially during the rainy season when the roads become impassable.
Maj. Rigimor Reyes, executive officer of 79th Infantry Batallion of the Philippine Army, said Barangay Banaue in Pamplona is one of the insurgency-affected barangays in Negros Oriental.
Barangay Captain of Banaue, Agatona Sillo, said she is thankful that a non-government organization and the government are doing something for far flung barangays like Banaue in Pamplona. She also said she hopes the government will provide more books and infrastructure projects for the children.
The Lakbay Aral Alang sa Kabataan is also supported by the 3o2nd Brigade of the Philippine Army, Philippine National Police, Department of Education, and the Provincial Government of Negros Oriental.*MA
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