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NOLCOM’s Project UniVISITy intensifies, saving youth’s life

NOLCOM Project UniVISITy

Camp Aquino, Tarlac City, March 01, 2023 – The Northern Luzon Command, Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Project UniVISITy stepped up to save the lives of the youth as 4,000 senior high school students joined the activity as it embarked for this year at the Tarlac National High School on February 28, 2022.

The project UniVISITy, with the theme “Peace and Development through a Culture of Peace,” aims to raise awareness among youth about national security and to prevent them from joining the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) and becoming peace and development advocates.

Project UniVISITy is the flagship banner for NOLCOM’s national security awareness campaign in collaboration with the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict’s Situational Awareness and Knowledge Management Cluster.

Given the large number of participants, the activity was divided into two sessions to ensure that the objectives of the activity were properly communicated to the students.

NOLCOM Project UniVISITy

Resource speaker from NOLCOM presented to the students the threat to national security and democracy, which was supported by the life testimonies of two former rebels, Ka Shane and Ka Mae.

Backed with file photos from when she was an activist and turned into a terrorist, Ka Shane bravely warned the students as she shared the recruitment process of the CTG based on her experiences and her transition from terrorist to peace advocate.

“I am here as a truth tagger, to unmask the front organizations of the CTG, who are recruiting and destroying the lives of our youth as pag-asa ng ating bayan.”

The students were also oriented on the importance of the whole-of-nation approach in ending local communist armed conflict and the benefits of implementing and joining the Reserved Officer Training Corps (ROTC), and were challenged on their roles as youth in contributing to peace.

NOLCOM Project UniVISITy

“Mag vovolunteer ako na sumali sa ROTC pagdating ng college. Nananawagan ako sa mga kapwa ko kabataan na suportahan natin ang ating AFP at ang ROTC. Sa mga kabataan na naging biktima ng maling paniniwala wag kayo matakot magbalik-loob sa gobyerno dahil hindi sila masasamang tao at andito sila para tulungan tayo” said Ben Jacob Arreza, one of the senior high school students of TNHS.

Meanwhile, the school administration is thankful for the initiative of NOLCOM in helping their students be protected from any deceptions brought by the CTGs.

“Nawa’y ang lahat ng mga mag-aaral ng Tarlac National High School ay palaging namumutawi sa kanila ang pagiging makadiyos, makatao, makakalikasan at makabansa” said Dr. Yolanda Gonzales, Principal, Tarlac National High School.

Assistant Principal Mark Anthony Pimentel also said that the NOLCOM’s Project UniVISIty indeed given them awareness aside from awakening the youths to really line up on the line where they can advocate for peace, especially in school and in the community.

NOLCOM Project UniVISITy

NOLCOM also conveyed its appreciation to all the teachers and students of Tarlac National High School (Main Campus and Annex) for their support to NOLCOM’s Project UniVISITy.

“Your audacity and vigor to be our partner in this endeavor will save our youth from communists and also provide them a more purposive and worthwhile direction in life. Taking care of our youth is not just a responsibility. It is our moral obligation to the nation and the Filipino people. This obligation doesn’t belong to parents alone but also to the community in general. Let’s protect our children from terrorists” expressed Colonel Romulus B Rabara PA, the Assistant Chief of the Unified Command Staff for Civil Military Operations, NOLCOM.

Also part of Project UniVISITy is the photo gallery and recruitment booth where AFP personnel entertain queries on the process of joining the noble profession, not only for the AFP but also for the PNP and BJMP.

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