TEACHERS in a school in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon have formed a group to combat alleged New People's Army (NPA) recruitment in their school, the military said.
Teachers from Malaybalay City National Science High School created "Sandigan Teachers," a group of teachers volunteering to support the students' activities of peace and against insurgency.
"The Sandigan teachers, in collaboration with the core groups from the parents and students, aims to oversee the welfare of the students to prevent them from being lured by the communist NPA terrorists," said First Lieutenant Ken Cabbigat, civil military officer of the 8th Infantry Battalion.
Lieutenant Colonel Ronald Illana, commanding officer of the 8th Infantry Battalion, cited the importance of the community in peace advocacy.
"We believe that through the genuine commitment of our schools, teachers, parents and students, we will be able to prevent unwanted loss of innocent lives," he said.
"Our children are our future. We need to build them strong and resilient. Thus, we must not allow the NPAs to touch them and use them for their personal interests," he said.
Illana said they are hopeful that the involvement of teachers and the community will be a big help in protecting children and the whole community from NPA recruitment.