Bancasi, Butuan City – In line with the celebration of the 27th National Children’s Month in Butuan City, the 402nd Infantry (Stingers) Brigade welcomed the Little Brigade Commander on its Camp on November 11, 2019 at Brgy Bancasi, Butuan City.
Officers, Men and Women of the 402nd Brigade warmly welcomed the arrival of the Little Brigade Commander, Ms Niña Mae Pulgo from Manila De Bugabos National High School, in a reception line led by Col Cerilo C Baladoro Jr, Deputy Brigade Commander and conducted a meet and greet session to start the day being the Little Brigade Commander.
The City of Butuan thru the City Council for the Welfare of Children led by Councilor Rema A Burdeos, the Committee Chairman, have partnered with this Brigade and other government units and agencies to enable the children to experience being a local official for a day.
The celebration of the city dubbed as "Little City Officials" aimed to inculcate to the young minds of the children the principle of public service and trigger their interest to join the government and become a public servant.
Ms Niña, the 402nd Little Brigade Commander and currently the President of the Student Supreme Government of their school, was given the opportunity to experience presiding a military style Command Conference with Unit Information Briefing Presentation held with the presence of all Brigade Staff Officers and attached units of inside camp. “Hadlok man diay mag-preside sa conference kay daghan kag need nga mandoan kung unsa ang angay buhaton arun ma-keep ang peace. The more hinoon na mas na-inspire ko nga mag military. Gusto jud nako mag military kay aside sa taas sweldo kay maka serve pako sa katawhan”, Ms Niña told.
Likewise, Ms Niña was given brief orientation on the different individual and crew-served weapons. After which, as the Little Brigade Commander, she visited and inspected different tenant units attached to the Brigade and toured around the Camp to see the different aspect of soldiery. To conclude her duty, Ms Niña was treated with lunch during noon mess at the Officers Mess Hall.
Col Balaoro said, “Ms Niña was overjoyed upon serving as our Little Brigade Commander and we cannot help but be proud and be honored that she was inspired and even wanted to be one of us. That only justifies that the AFP is on the right track in its pursuit of peace and development. Sometimes, we need the innocent minds of the children to somehow understand the military profession and recognize the sacrifices and dedicated service the soldier has been giving to the people and this country”.
Meanwhile, in his statement, Col Maurito L Licudine vowed his full commitment in upholding the children’s rights. He said, “We are always committed to support the children. This is in recognition of the importance of the children in nation building and as part of our mandate to protect the welfare of the children against those who violates their rights under the provisions of International Humanitarian Law and the fundamental laws of the land”.