Saturday, November 10, 2012

Army, NGOs hold outreach program in Compostela Valley

From the Philippine News Agency (Nov 10): Army, NGOs hold outreach program in Compostela Valley

Some 483 individuals, including 101 children, have availed of the outreach program of the Philippine Army and non-government organizations (NGOs) in the hinterlands of Compostela Valley province. The medical and dental outreach program and stress debriefing were conducted Friday in Barangay Calabcab, Maco municipality by the Army’s 71st Infantry Battalion in partnership with the municipal government, Kiwanis Club of Tagum, and Therma Marine Incorporated of the Aboitiz Group of Company.  Col. Jerry Borja, commander of the 71st Infantry Battalion, said the stress debriefing activities was conducted to assess the adverse effects of the violent attack of New People’s Army (NPA) to Calabcab and help the residents, especially children, to cope up from the traumatic incident....  He said the Army’s Peace and Development Team (PDT) in coordination with Maco municipal government are currently repairing the Barangay Hall, Health Center and Day Care Center of Calabcab that were recently damaged in an attack staged by the NPA rebels.... The Army PDT personnel are also undertaking repair works on houses of civilians damaged during the NPA attack, Borja added.

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