By Arwen Pascua
MANILA — Soldiers belonging to the 54th Infantry Battalion (54IB), under the operational control of the 7th Infantry Division (7ID), Philippine Army, have intensified their information campaign in Ifugao province to raise the awareness of the youth against the alleged deceptive recruitment of Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) members.
The campaign awareness drive was held at the Ifugao State University-Nayon Campus last November 25, 2022.
The Information and Education Campaign (IEC) was actively participated by 258 students from the 3rd and 4th-year levels of the Criminology Department.
It can be recalled that in the 3rd quarter of 2022, various schools in Ifugao also benefited from the same activity spearheaded by soldiers as part of the government’s program to insulate the youth from the deceptive recruitment of violent extremists.
Lt. Col. Emmanuel Diasen Jr, 54IB Battalion Commander said that the IEC is one of the unit’s proactive measures to counter the deceptive CTG recruitment scheme and to educate the youth, particularly students on the duplicity and dual tactics of the terrorists.
Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Andrew D. Costelo, Commander of 7ID, encouraged the youth sector to be vigilant against the Communist Terrorists’ presence in the community.
“Sa panahon na kayo ay maka-encounter ng mga CTG members sa inyong lugar, huwag kayong mag-atubili na lumapit sa ating kasundaluhan at kayo ay aming po-protektahan,” Maj. Gen. Costelo concluded. (ai/mtvn)