Monday, September 30, 2019

Sec. Esperon to public: Help prevent NPA's recruitment to studes in HEIs

From the Philippine Information Agency (Sep 30, 2019): Sec. Esperon to public: Help prevent NPA's recruitment to studes in HEIs

BUTUAN CITY -- With the government’s strengthened campaign against the recruitment of the Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) to students of various colleges and universities in the country, National Security Adviser Secretary Hermogenes Esperon Jr., urged all stakeholders to be cautious and help prevent such acts of the communist-terrorist groups.

He said President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s administration gives priority to education to ensure the youth’s bright future. Hence, it also assures the provision of appropriate programs, projects, and opportunities for the youth’s welfare.

“Remember that the president, it is the president who wants for free tertiary education in all the state universities. So you can say that he has a big concern for education especially for those who could not afford to a more expensive tertiary learning institutions,“ said Sec. Esperon.

Esperon was also dismayed on several youths who were deceived and recruited by the CPP-NPA and were not able to continue their education. However, he also cited the significant number of young NPA members who surrendered to the folds of the law.

“We’ve seen that there are Grades 3 and 5 who were included in the surrenderees. Just imagine if only they were given the chance to continue their education, they could have experienced a happy childhood. And that is why we are now very strong on alternative learning systems and TESDA skills trainings and scholarship program because we want to capacitate our human resources,” said Esperon.

The official also emphasized that provinces of Caraga region could have been more developed without the chaos, exploitation, and abuse among indigenous peoples and farmers that were instigated by the CPP-NPA.

The Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) has been stepping up its effort and initiatives with the different sectors in Caraga to continuously address the insurgency problem in the barangay level.

Meanwhile, Esperon stressed that barangay officials should take this move seriously to help the government achieve lasting peace and development in the country. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

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