Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija –The 48th Infantry (Guardians) Battalion conducted Awareness on Communism, Terrorism and Security (ACTS) to Senior High School Students of Hermosa National High School (HNHS) in Barangay Culis, Hermosa, Bataan, today, November 11, 2019.
The ACTS for Peace campaign gives consciousness to the ill-effects of terrorism and communism, strengthening security awareness and lessening vulnerabilities for the student and the youth sector of the society.
A lecture was given by 1st Lieutenant Oscarito Tobias, Executive Officer of Charlie Company, 48IB, to inform the students on how to join the Armed Forces, especially the Philippine Army.
Around 300 Grade 12 students of HNHS, together with the school’s faculty and staff, attended the event.
“We want to let students understand that sympathizing with the NPAs or joining the armed struggle will do nothing but ruin their future. It is important for them to realize the extent of the damage these local terrorists have caused to our country and our people. We hope that with them being informed on the real score about these NPAs, they will now veer from this group and, instead, focus on being good citizens that will contribute to peace and progress in our country,” this is the statement of Major General Lenard T. Agustin, Commander of the 7th Infantry (Kaugnay) Division, regarding the conduct of ACTS in Brgy. Culis.
Relatedly, Lieutenant Colonel Felix Emeterio M. Valdez, the 48IB Commander, said, “The ideals of the youth today make them vulnerable to any form of radicalization. The need to prevent this is great as we see more and more child warriors and young people losing their lives in a war that they should not be part of. By giving them the right information, we give them protection.”