The 71st Infantry (Kaibigan) Battalion has once again produced 143 peace builders from the concluded Youth Peace Camp in Pantukan with the theme, “Pakiglambigit sa Kabatan-unan: Enrooting Peace building for an Empowered and Participative Youth in the Grassroots” held at Kingking Central Elementary School in partnership with the Youth For Peace Movement (YFPM) of Compostela Valley Province, Local Government Unit of Pantukan, Provincial Government of Compostela Valley Province, Barangay Captains and SK Chairpersons from the thirteen (13) barangays of the said municipality.
The camp commenced at the morning of November 23 and concluded last November 25, 2018.
The Battalion Commander of the 71st IB, Lieutenant Colonel Esteveyn E Ducusin enthusiastically shared his positive views on the camp during his speech on the Opening Program last November 23, 2018.
Honorable Roberto M Yugo, the Municipal Mayor of Pantukan who was present during the Opening Ceremony led the declaration of opening of the Pantukan Youth Peace Camp.
“I could not thank enough the 71st IB for this initiative”, Hon. Yugo said. He added that the youth organization could always count the support of the LGU on their different programs and activities.
The leadership and critical thinking skills, values and characters, and talents and skills of the participating youth were tested and squeezed out during the lectures, team-building activities, and academic competitions all jam-packed in two days and a half.
Hon. Hannie Trangia-Elisan, SK Municipal Federation President, meanwhile expressed her confidence to see more of empowered youths in Pantukan in the future.
One of the highlighted parts of the camp was the Kultura Night wherein participants showed their artistic and creative style in dancing, singing and drama.
Awards were given during the Closing Program however the priceless smiles of the new batch of peace builders manifest how successful the camp was.
Present also during the camp was the Provincial YFPM Federation President, Mr. Bren D. Cabatingan.
The participants who successfully graduated in the Youth Peace Camp were eventually became member of the Youth For Peace Movement and become peace advocates who could help in the attainment of peace in the Province. Thus, they will promote awareness among the youth to be enlightened on the role they have to play in building peace in our country and serve as prime movers in championing peace in the locality by living, loving and advocating peace.