Kampo Ranao, Marawi City, August 25, 2017 – Recognizing that the ongoing Marawi Crisis perpetrated by terrorists resulted to the displacement of individuals affecting their physical, emotional, and psychological make-up, the Joint Task Force Marawi will conduct a socio-cultural tour with the theme: “Tabak Educational Tour: Peaceful Environment for Marawi Children” for selected children from Marawi City.
In partnership with the Provincial Government of Lanao del Sur, Philippine National Police Women and Children Protection Desk, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Teach Peace Build Peace Movement, and Kilos Kabataan Livelihood Foundation, this educational tour is set to provide the participants who will be brought to selected locations in Manila with educational experiences including social and cultural values for peace building, away from their regular community and school environment; and to expose the them of peaceful environments outside their conflict affected area.
Brig. Gen. Rolly Bautista, Commander of Joint Task Force Marawi and Philippine Army’s 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division said: “The adverse impact of the ongoing crisis may have strong effect on children. Their perception in conflict areas about the outside world becomes blurred as access to information is disrupted and they are confined only to their immediate environment, mostly in evacuation centers.”
“This activity is part of the military’s soft power approach of as part of remedial measures to unwind the emotional, cognitive, and behavioral functioning of children away from conflict areas in Marawi City, this activity will be conducted to provide new experiences of seeing peaceful real-life application of the lessons they have learned in school,” Brig. Gen. Bautista said.
“With wider practical experiences to understand and appreciate the importance and relevance of concepts inside the classroom, the activities are scheduled to provide the participants with new familiarities and opportunities to grasp peaceful environments of the outside world,” Brig. Gen. Bautista said.
The tour itinerary includes a visit to Malacanang Palace to meet and greet President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. The Mind Museum, National Museum, and Manila Oceana Park are also included in the schedule.
Updates of the activities will be posted on #TeamTabak social media account at http://facebook.com/teamtabak.