PAF holds campus peace, dev’t forum in Cebu
By Hazel Gloria / Philippine Information Agency
2Lt. Edibert Baguio (2nd from left), director for Civil Military Operations of PAF TOWCEN, with Chrysler Ian Vizcayno (far left) of the University of San Jose Recoletos , during the "Kasayuran" radio interview over DYAR Sonshine Radio in partnership with PIA Region 7. (PIA7)
CEBU CITY –The Philippine Air Force Tactical Operations Wing Central (PAF TOWCEN) conducted a campus peace and development forum as one of their initiatives to help end local communist armed conflict (ELCAC) here in the country.
PAF TOWCEN 2Lt. Edibert Baguio, in an interview over DYAR radio program “Kasayuran,” said the forum aimed to raise awareness among the students on the recruitment activities of the communist terrorist group.
Baguio explained that “this is to prevent the students from joining the leftist group. This forum will inform the students on how the group is working to persuade them to join the said group.”
“Students must be aware also of what these groups are doing and at the same time, they can also share or spread the information to others so that the recruitment will be stopped,” he continued.
PAF also organized the Supreme Student Council Society of the Philippines (SSCP) Cebu Chapter led by Chrysler Ian Vizcayno from the University of San Jose Recoletos (USJR).
Part of the activities of the SSCP Cebu Chapter is the conduct of the campus peace and development forum in partnership with the PAF and various school organizations.
President SSCP Cebu Chapter Chrysler Ian Vizcayno disclosed that “there are certain groups that have been calling some schools requesting them to suspend their classes for the reason that schools are not prepared, the tuition fees are increasing, and they want a safer environment. These groups also meet via Zoom.”
Vizcayno said “they never entertained or tolerated these kinds of actions.”
He added that since they are still new as an organization, they are visiting every campus in Cebu explaining their mission, vision, and goal.
“Part of their plans is to do public services and support the community programs of the PAF such as the community activities,” Baguio said.
PAF also organized a task force in support of the National Task Force ELCAC in achieving peace and development.
“Usapang Pangkayapaan - Usapang Pangkaunaran” (UP-UP) Cebu is one of their activities to let the people know about the various programs and services of the government.
This is an avenue where the government agencies are invited to share their initiatives.
PAF is also undertaking a community support program led by the Civil Military Operations Intervention Team to support barangay development programs in their areas of responsibility.
The PAF is willing to assist all the programs of the Regional Task Force ELCAC in achieving peace and development of the community. (hfg/PIA7)