LABANGAN, Zamboanga del Sur, Dec. 19 (PIA) – As a show of concern for the environment, the 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division through its 1st Civil Military Operations (CMO) Battalion on Tuesday officially supported the eco-project pursued by the Global Media Arts (GMA) network entitled “Plastic ni Juan: Sa Plastic at Basura may Dalang Pag-asa.”
The project launching coincided with the CMO’s Christmas party attended by the different stakeholders comprising the media, local government units (LGUs), civil society and people’s organizations.
In his message, Lt. Col. Audie A Mongao, 1CMO Battalion commander said, “the Battalion spearheads the launching of said project of the GMA Kapuso Foundation to show Tabak’s utmost care for the environment.”
“Plastic ni Juan” project raises public awareness on the ecology and some environmentally friendly ways to reuse, reduce, and recycle plastics and convert these into chairs and tables to be donated to various qualified public schools throughout the Philippines.
“Gusto naming ipakita sa mga tao na ang 1st Infantry (Tabaj) Division ay nagmamahal sa ating kapaligiran. At ang mga sundalo ng 1CMO Battalion ay maglilibot sa loob ng headquarters at mamumulot ng mga empty plastic bottles dahil ito ay ma-recycle bilang isang lamesa at upuan at ma-idonate sa mga paaralan na nasa malalayong barangay upang magagamit sa mga batang mag-aaral,” Mongao elucidated.
(We would like to show to the people that 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division loves the environment. The troopers from the 1CMO Battalion will be going around the headquarters to collect empty plastic bottles because these can be made into tables and chairs to be donated to schools in far-flung barangays for the schoolchildren’s use.)
“The troopers will make an extra effort to collect and consolidate empty plastic bottles. Once the garbage receptacle will be filled with plastic bottles, it will be turned-over immediately by no less than the Tabak commander BGen. Gerardo Barrientos Jr. to GMA Kapuso Foundation in Manila,” Mongao added.
In a separate development, Mongao said a bamboo planting was also conducted in the different line units of the first Infantry division in support of the National Greening Program (NGP) of the government.
The activity, Mongao said, was part of the lined up activities for the AFP’s 78th anniversary last Dec. 18. (FPG/GCC/PIA-Zamboanga del Sur)
By Gideon C. Corgue