AFP bayanihan patrol launched a success

By Jason de Asis


CAMP AQUINO, Tarlac City, March 25, 2011-At least four hundred villagers were benefited from the free medical and dental check-up/treatment, 80 had their hair cut also free of charge while about 300 received toothbrush, toothpaste, bath soap, supplemental feeding program and other hygiene items courtesy of  Hacienda Luisita.


Northern Luzon Command (NOLCOM) Spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Rosendo Armas said that residents of Barangay Balanti, Tarlac City lauded the group for delivering basic services in the form of free medical and dental check-up/treatment, haircut services, supplementary feeding program and hygiene kit distribution at Balanti Elementary School last Wednesday.


Armas said that a joint “bayanihan” by the NOLCOM doctors, nurses, dentists and their support personnel, Tarlac Provincial Civil Affairs Unit (PCAU) with reservists from the AFP Reserve Command, 3rd Mechanized Infantry Battalion, Tactical Operations Group-3 were held describing Filipino trait of helping one another.


Congresswoman Susan Yap, Governor Vic Yap and Commander of NOLCOM Lieutenant General Gaudencio Pangilinan witnessed the “bayanihan patrol” conducted where they expressed support for the project.


Pangilinan joined by Colonel Gerard Velez, Chief of Unified Command Staff who used to head the Civil-Military Operations division of NOLCOM and his successor Colonel Pedro Sumayo Jr., saying that the first bayanihan patrol recorded 500 beneficiaries through Tarlac PCAU headed by Captain Enrico Talon, a Navy reservist which was held in Barangay Sta. Maria, Tarlac City last March 19.


Barangay Captain Pacifico Bautista lauded the NOLCOM for enabling his constituents to experience the fruits of “bayanihan” first hand while the principal of Balanti Elementary School Mr. Pedro Gabriel expressed his thanks for their efforts in giving free service to the populace.


Back to Armas, he said that the AFP’s Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) otherwise known as “Bayanihan” takes cognizance of the role played by all sectors in “winning the peace”, saying that the bayanihan teams conducting bayanihan patrols in target barangays are there to assist the local government unit and agencies. 


“Our goal is to cultivate synergy from the stakeholders’ network for the benefit of the communities,” Armas ended. (Jason de Asis)


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