From the Philippine Information Agency (Aug 3): Army distributes school supplies to Ilocos Sur children
Troops from the 81st Infantry (SPARTAN) Battalion distributed school supplies to some 625 pupils in remote areas here Wednesday, August 2 as part of their “Handog Para sa mga Batang Kinabukasan ng Ating Bayan” program.
New school bags containing notebooks, pencils, and other school supplies were given to five primary schools in Santa Cruz town such as Padaoil Elementary School (80 pupils); Banay Elementary School (135); San Jose Elementary School (198); Babayoan, Elementary School (164); and Daligan Elementary School (48).
In a statement, Col. Henry Robinson Jr., 702nd Brigade commander, said “It is our prime duty to protect the people of Ilocos Sur as we fight against insurgencies. Nevertheless, it is our utmost mandate to serve the people in our jurisdiction through bringing the government and other stakeholders closer to them.”
Further, Lt. Col. Eugenio Julio Osias IV, battalion commander of 81st Infantry Battalion said, “We are thankful for the stakeholders who helped us in bringing your army closer to these children, in such a way that they will witness in the early age how they are being treated by their army.”
“Rest assured that we will increase our efforts in bringing public service accessible to these far-flung areas, especially this rainy season where crossing the rivers going to their places would take risk,” Osias added.
Distributions are still on going in the different areas of Ilocos Sur.