PROVINCIAL CAPITOL, Marawi City – Soldiers of the Joint Task Group Tabang (JTG Tabang) treated the children-evacuees who won in the “Peace Poster Making Contest” with a tour to Iligan City, Tuesday, July 25.
It can be remembered that a poster making contest was conducted yesterday morning at Saguiaran, LDS and Balo-i, LDN as a therapy to the children who are traumatized by the terrorism made by Maute group.
“We want the children to re-experience the joy of being a child “again” after Maute terrorists took that away from them,” says Colonel Thomas Sedano Jr, commander of the JTG Tabang.
“As we saw in their drawings, these children are hoping to soon end the conflict for them to go back to school, play with their playmates, and do lot of child chores. And this is the only thing we knew so far to alleviate their dreary,” adds Colonel Sedano.
On board KM450, parents and their children traveled the curvy and hilly road that will bring them to the city of Iligan.
They first had their lunch at the famous fast food chain that is loved by the children to visit due to its child-friendly environment.
They were also given a chance to roam around the mall where they temporarily forgot the agony of being at the evacuation center.
To make their stay in Iligan more memorable, JTG Tabang gave their guardians a love gift that they used to buy what they want while inside the mall.
Children and their parents cannot hide their joyfulness while they relish the treat given to them by the soldiers especially to those who first saw the beauty of Iligan City.
“This is my first time here in Iligan City, and I would like to thank the soldiers for bringing me here,” said one of the children.
The children waved their hands as a gesture of appreciation to the soldiers who gave them new perspective of peace, when they alight the KM450 in front of their respective evacuation centers.