The traditional task of the Armed Forces -- to fight insurgency -- is now widened as it now includes advocating leadership trainings, basic education literacy and many others, associating with the other government and non-government agencies.
Just recently, the army collaborated with the Dept. of Health (DOH) in the three-day Adolescent Reproductive Health training in Jaro, Leyte, an area previously known of insurgency problem.
As the commander of 802nd Brigade Col. Rafael Valencia said, “Our three major activities in the
The health advocacy training supported by the military was the first of its kind in the region wherein 115 out-of-school youth aged 16 to 19 from Leyte province who are considered having the potentials of promoting the healthy practices including drug awareness, teenage pregnancy prevention and environmental sanitation in their respective areas were chosen, said Dra. Milagros Salvacion-Bolito, the DOH Medical Specialist, Region 8.
Dra. Bolito was overwhelmed with the support the DOH attained from the other government agencies and she was hopeful it was the start of a continued endeavor with the AFP, PDEA, DepEd, PNP, DENR and POPCom. Similar trainings are scheduled in the other provinces of the region with the assistance of the same partners.
Leyte Board Member Anli Apostol who represented Leyte Governor Dominic Petilla pledged to bring the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to Jaro,
She likewise thanked the full support of the military through the presence of the 19th Infantry Batallion commander Col. Nedy Espulgar, based in Aguiting, Kananga Leyte and Col. Valencia that offered their vehicles in conveying the OSYs.
The DOH funded the program aimed of creating health awareness in rural neighborhood.