Troops donate school supplies-A A +A
By Bong Garcia
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
TROOPS from the First Cavalry Squadron of the Army’s Mechanized Division donated hundreds of gifts packs of school supplies to children of families displaced by the 20-day standoff in Zamboanga City and Super Typhoon Yolanda in the Visayas.
First Cavalry Squadron commander Lieutenant Colonel Antonio John Divinagracia each of the 200 packs they donated consist of a backpack containing eight motebooks, ballpen, pencil, and eraser.
Divinagracia said the gift packs were shipped Monday to this city and the Visayas for distribution to the beneficiary-children.
Divinagracia said they cancelled their Christmas Party and utilized the budget for the occasion to buy school supplies that were donated to the children-victim of the standoff and “Yolanda.”
Divinagracia said the donation of the school supplies is not only the initiative of the First Cavalry Squadron, but of the First Mechanized Division as well.
He said the troops under the First Mechanized Division shared portion of their Christmas bonus to the victims Typhoon Yolanda.
He said they have also chosen to donate gift packs to the school pupils displaced by the 20-day Zamboanga standoff since they were part of the government forces that fought the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) rebels that infiltrated this city.
He also expressed his gratitude to the dependents of the First Cavalry Squadron, the village officials, teachers and students Navalan, Tukuran, Zamboanga del Sur that helped them repack the schools supplies.
The village of Navalan is an adapted village of Divinagracia-led First Cavalry Squadron.