BATAC CITY, Dec. 15 (PIA) -- The Philippine Army holds an information drive on national security awareness for Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) students of Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) at Teatro Ilocandia basement in Batac City on Dec. 7.
Participated in by almost 500 ROTC from the Batac and Laoag campuses of MMSU, this subject was presented during their Saturday class.
The infodrive aims to educate students on the deceptive recruitment of communist-armed groups in the Philippines since the young generation is the top target of the leftists.
Part of the presentation is the awareness on the government's effort to end local communist-armed conflict and discussion on the ideologies of these groups.
"Ang objective ng ating info awareness drive sa schools ay para ma-educate natin ang mga estudyante natin dahil sila po 'yung number one target ng mga Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) at New People's Army (NPA) para sa recruitment," Capt. Rogelio Dumbrique, 2nd Commanding Officer of the 7th Civil Military Operations, said.
According to Dumbrique, usual targets of these groups are young people who are student leaders and model students since they have a wider sphere of influence.
Dumbrique encouraged the ROTC students not to be swayed by the false ideologies of the leftist organizations as they will only be led not to progression but destruction.
"Sila kasi yung nakikita na magtutuloy ng mga ideolohiya ng mga NPA kaya po kailangang ma-educate sila sa deceptive recruitment o panlilinlang na ginagawa nila upang ang mga kabataan natin ay makapag-aral sila nang mabuti, makamit nila sa ambisyon sa buhay," the commander added.
Moreover, Dumbrique told ROTC students the need to be educated of the five-decade old threat to national security.
"Kailangang ma-impart sa kanila yung threat to national security as part of their subject. Kailangan nilang malaman ang sitwasyon ng bansa. Marami na kasing nalilinlang na mga kabataan. Yung mga ROTC students, inaasahan din natin silang future leaders natin," he added.
After the lecture, the Army instructed the students to write an open letter for NPAs and CPPs, pleading them to stop their operations.
One letter tells, "bumaba na po kayo diyan sa bundok. Mas maganda ang buhay dito. Tama na po ang giyera."
"Bilang isang ROTC Advance Officer at bilang isang estudyante, nais ko munang tapusin ang pag-aaral ko para mas makatulong ako sa pag-unlad ng ating bansa," ROTC Cadet Capt. Jarelle Sanchez, 2nd Class, said. (JCR/JNPD/MJTAB PIA1-ILOCOS NORTE)