Advance Command Post, 303rd Infantry Brigade – In one of the rare events, village Chairmen and Councilors from different barangays of the Municipality of Isabela converge in Barangay San Agustin to support the 2nd Convergence of “Marching for Peace, Serving the Countryside” yesterday June 19.
Nine (9) Barangay Captains including San Agustin Village Chairman Agapito Euraoba together with their councilors gathered in the said humanitarian effort to show their full support to one another, to their Town Mayor, the Provincial Government and to the non-government agencies and the security forces; the Philippine National Police and the 303rd Infantry Brigade.
The other eight village chairmen who attended the said activity are the following; Enriquito Antipatia of Barangay 3, Renato Nicolas of Barangay Kamangkamang, Aurelio Tolero Jr of Barangay Mansablay, Gregorio Salinas of Barangay Bungahin, Melani Lantin of Barangay 5, Eva Ituriaga of Barangay Bulad, Antonio Medenceles of Barangay Rumirang and Rodolfo Fajardo of Barangay 4.
In his speech, Euraoba disclosed that he cannot contain his emotions how overwhelming the support of the Provincial Government, LGU-Isabela, the Philippine National Police, the Philippine Army and multi-stakeholders who conducted various civic action activities that benefited nearly 1, 800 residents. He also recognized and thanked the support of his fellow barangay officials from other villages of the town.
In an interview, Chairman Fajardo of Barangay 4 said, they attend and supported the said humanitarian effort because it was for the good of everybody of whom Brgy. Capt Antipatia of Barangay 3 agreed.
According to Col. Jon N. Aying, 303rd Brigade Commander, the unity shown by the 9 Barangay Captains affirm their commitment with the culture of peace.
The 11-day activity consisted of a hundred-kilometer foot march participated by the military and police and civilian humanitarian effort is spearheaded by the Provincial Peace Integration and Development Unit (Pro-PIDU) aims to stop violence, protect the people and develop the communities. (Press release from 3CMOBn, 3ID, PA)