The Philippine Army’s 302nd Infantry Brigade and 79th Infantry Battalion in coordination with the Oriental Negros Children’s Advocacy Network (ONCAN) and Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office brought the children to Dumaguete City over the weekend to show them how a city look like and what is city life, in an education tour dubbed “Bayanihan para sa Kabataan Lakbay Aral.”
Grades 5 and 6 pupils with their teachers and some parents were ferried by a service military vehicle to the city to exposing them to an environment outside their communities.
The activity also promotes education to the Indigenous People as key to a brighter future and strengthens the AFP’s partnership with the various stakeholders in the province, said Captain Anacito Naz, 302 Brigade Civil Military Operations Officer.
The group visited the Cathedral Church and bell tower in Dumaguete City, Sidlakang Negros Village area, Silliman University, St. Paul University and Rizal Boulevard.
The kids were able to observe the demonstration of the eco-kalan at the Felipa Beach Resort where they took their lunch with Panda ice cream mascot to give them another kind of entertainment.
In the afternoon, the pupils and the chaperones toured the Freedom Park, Sports Complex, Convention and Aqua Center, Oval and Capitol Area.
They also had a tour at Robinson’s Place where they had the chance to experience ‘malling’ and the beauty of city life. They were given tokens for games at the Robinsons World of Fun.
The children were caught by surprise when the 302 Brigade and ONCAN headed by its President Marietta Jambora gave gifts and distributed snacks at Jollibee.
At the end of the day, the participants were safely brought back to Barangay Canggohob, Mabinay, Negros Oriental.