Army sponsors ‘gift-giving’ for Lumad kids

As a physical symbol and expression of social ties that bring individuals together, the Philippine Army’s 8th Infantry “Dependable” Battalion (8IB) conducted a gift-giving event at Kapitan Bayong village in Impasugong town, Bukidnon.

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More than a hundred of “Lumad (Indigenous Peoples)” children received bagful gifts making both kids and parents joyful this holiday season.

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In his statement, 8th IB Commander Col. Antonio I. Bautista, Jr, said the activity is part of the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Internal Peace and Security Plan or “IPSP Bayanihan.”

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“Christmas is the season of love and sharing. With the spirit of Bayanihan, we can make a difference by giving love and joy to the children of Bukidnon. Thru Bayanihan, we can do many things for as long as we act as one,” Bautista said.

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Likewise, he said, it is the AFP’s mandate to engage in community activities to establish rapport with various stakeholders in order to achieve just and lasting peace. (Erwin P. Bugarin, CMO, 8IB, 4ID, PA/RLRB, PIA10-Bukidnon)

 

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