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3ID strengthens ties with WV SUCs

ILOILO CITY (PIA) -- The Army’s 3rd Infantry (Spearhead) Division (3ID) welcomed to its home visitors from 10 State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) in Western Visayas, April 3, 2023, at Camp General Macario B Peralta Jr. in Jamindan, Capiz.

3ID Public Affairs Office press release noted that Major Gen. Marion R. Sison, 3ID commander, welcomed the presidents and extension directors of West Visayas State University, Guimaras State University, University of Antique, Iloilo Science and Technology University, Central Philippine University, Carlos Hilado Memorial State University, Northern Negros State College of Science and Technology, Iloilo State University of Fisheries Science and Technology, Northern Iloilo State University, and Capiz State University.

During the camp visit, 3ID provided an information briefing to apprise the participants of the current thrust of the Division.

Jeffrey "Ka Eric" Celiz, a former student leader and a cadre of the Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army – National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) in the region, and Prosecutor Flosemer Chris I. Gonzales, spokesperson of the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) 6, served as resource persons during the open forum.

Both shared their insights on the extent of

the tactics used by the CPP-NPA-NDF in recruiting students and youth to join the terrorist group.

The visitors were also given a chance to have a glimpse of the Division's capabilities through a kinetic display showcasing the infantry squad operations, artillery squad organization, and mechanized squad organization held at the 3ID's Known Distance Range (KDR).

This activity aims to have focused engagement with the SUC presidents and extension directors to fortify the existing relationship of the army with the academe and work together for collaborative projects and programs.

Moreover, the visit of SUCs is one of the proposed activities of 3ID’s Multi-Sector Advisory Board (MSAB) for the year and one of the best practices advocated by the Command.

Meanwhile, Sison thanked the officials of the 10 SUCs for visiting the camp and solidifying the partnership with the 3ID.

He also recognized the support and cooperation of the SUCs to 3ID's various endeavors, especially in its transformation program and different peace and development undertakings for the betterment of the youths, students, and the region as a whole.

"Our partner SUCs representing the academe sector have played a vital role in fulfilling our transformation roadmap to convert the organization into a more capable, responsive, reliable, and profes-

sional Army. They provided us with significant advice and opinion to successfully attain our goals and perform our mandate of serving and securing the people of Western and Central Visayas," Sison said.

Likewise, the 3ID Commander iterated in his message that true love for the country calls for nationalism to be shared and responsibility to enlighten, empower, and encourage the youth to take up the banner of righteousness.

"We have in us the voice that could shape our children's future, to empower and enlighten others to take part in this crusade, and we are all accountable in spreading the voice of uprightness," he added. (JBG/FRG/PIA6/Story and photos from 3ID Public Affairs Office)

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