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Lingayen — The 702nd Infantry (Defender) Brigade and the 7th Civil-Military Operations Battalion of the 7th Infantry (Kaugnay) Division launched Philippine Army’s Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) Bayanihan campaign in a kick off program at Pangasinan State University (PSU) Lingayen Campus on October 16, here.
About 2,000 students, mainly taking up National Service Training Program (NSTP) subjects, participated in the activity held in partnership with the provincial government led by Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. and PSU President Victoriano Estira.
“The kick off ceremony of the Campus Tour sought to galvanize the IPSP Bayanihan campaign through inspiring students and members of the academe to become advocates for peace and development,” Commanding Officer 1LT Catherine Hapin said.
Other PSU Campuses located in Infanta, Binmaley, Bayambang, Sta. Maria, Asingan and in cities of Alaminos, San Carlos and Urdaneta are also set for campus tours on the succeeding days until November.
The campus tour, according to Hapin, is geared at making the students and teachers aware of the efforts of the government in the delivery of the basic needs of the people.
Since 2007, the provincial government has been an active partner of the Philippine Army in the promotion of peace and order.
Aside from an exhibit of the disaster relief and rescue operations equipment and capability, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) led by Ret. Col. Fernando de Guzman also lectured on the disaster mitigation and management plans of the provincial government.
The Provincial Tourism Operations Division (PTOD) also put up a booth showing the tourist destinations as well as tourism and investment potentials and advocacies of the province.
“The activity is very timely as it inculcates the values of patriotism and nationalism among students and increases their awareness on the efforts of the Philippine Army in the pursuit of peace and development,” PSU Lingayen Coordinator for NSTP Robert Sison said.
“Hindi lamang pang-battle field ang mga Army, kundi may mga activities din sila para ipakita sa mga kabataan ang values ng bayahinan para sa bayan,” he added.
Theater presentations, concert, parlor games and a fellowship basketball game were also done as part of the campus tour.
Campus tours are also scheduled for the Universities and Colleges in other provinces of the country. (PIO/Mark Gerry Naval Oblanca)