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By Alvin Santiago, DWDD
http://dwdd.com.ph/2017/08/29/tabak-educational-tour-35-young-marawi-evacuees-in-manila/

LANAO DEL SUR (DWDD) – A total of thirty-five (35) child evacuees from Marawi is in Manila to meet and greet with President Rodrigo Duterte at Malacanan Palace this afternoon.

According to BGen. Rolando Joselito Bautista, Commander, JTF Marawi and 1st Infantry “Tabak” Division, through the “Tabak Educational Tour: Peaceful Environment for Marawi Children,” they hope to lessen the stress and effect of the current situation on their young minds.

The five-day tour started yesterday, with a simple send-off ceremony yesterday at the Lanao Del Sur Provincial Capitol in Marawi City, and it will end on September 1.

Aside from Malacanan, they are also slated to visit the National Museum, the Mind Museum and the Manila Ocean Park.

The aim of the program is for the children, aged seven to thirteen years old, to have an educational experience, social and cultural values for peace-building and exposure to a peaceful environment. It can be recalled that most of the recruits / members of the Maute terror group are children.

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Children from battle-torn Marawi City are set to meet with President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday afternoon in Malacanang.

The children — 35 all in all, aged 7 to 13 years old — are part of the five-day “Tabak Educational Tour: Peaceful Environment for Marawi Children” by the Joint Task Force Marawi.

They had a simple send off ceremony at the Lanao del Sur provincial Capitol on Monday morning.

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By Teofilo Garcia, Jr., Philippine News Agency
http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1007770

ZAMBOANGA CITY — The Joint Task Force Marawi is hosting a five-day educational tour for 35 children in Manila, a top military official announced Monday.

Brig. Gen. Rolando Joselito Bautista, Joint Task Force Marawi commander, said the tour is from August 28, to Sept. 1, which kicked off with a simple send off ceremony at the Lanao del Sur provincial capitol.

Dubbed as “Tabak Educational Tour: Peaceful Environment for Marawi Children,” the Manila tour is expected to provide the children-participants, who live in conflict-affected areas, with educational experience, social and cultural values for peace-building, and exposure to peaceful environments.

Bautista said the participants, ranging from 7-13 years old, were identified as among those vulnerable and susceptible to violent extremism.

“This is one of the initiatives of the armed forces to ensure that those children displaced by the crisis in Marawi City are given adequate support and psycho-social treatment by the government. It is imperative that at the initial stage, those deemed vulnerable are being guided and educated to know their roles in the mainstream society,” said Bautista, who is also the Army’s 1st Infantry Division.

He noted that the Islamic State for Iraq and Syria (ISIS)-inspired Maute group recruited and use child warriors in the main battle area and “are still recruiting minors until now.”

The Joint Task Force Marawi has tapped the assistance of the Lanao del Sur provincial government, Philippine National Police Women and Children Protection Desk, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Teach Peace Build Peace Movement, and the Kilos Kabataan Livelihood Foundation, Inc. to realize the educational tour project.

The task force also coordinated with concerned government agencies, offices, and partners in Manila.

“Rather than hold guns and become combatants, we want these children to foster a sense of responsibility and, in the future, become leaders of a peaceful Marawi,” Bautista said. (TPGJR/PNA)

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Text and Photos by Jong Cadion, Mindanao Frontline
http://pagadianfrontline.blogspot.com/2017/08/afp-holds-manila-tour-for-marawi-kids.html

PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur (August 28, 2017) – Thirty-five (35) children from Marawi City will be taken on an educational tour by the Joint Task Force Marawi in Manila with a simple send off ceremony at the Lanao del Sur provincial Capitol 8am Monday (August 28), military official said.

Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) spokesperson Cpt. Jo-Ann D. Petinglay disclosed that the five-day tour from Aug 28 to Sep 1 dubbed as “Tabak Educational Tour: Peaceful Environment for Marawi Children,” the Manila tour is expected to provide the 35 participants, who live in conflict-affected areas, with educational experience, social and cultural values for peace-building, and exposure to peaceful environments. The participants, ranging from 7-13 years old, were identified as among those vulnerable and susceptible to violent extremism.

“This is one of the initiatives of the armed forces and to ensure that those children displaced by the crisis in Marawi City are given adequate support and psychosocial treatment by the government. It is imperative that at the initial stage, those deemed vulnerable are being guided and educated to know their roles in the mainstream society,” said Brig. Gen. Rolando Joselito Bautista, commander of the JTF Marawi and the 1st Infantry “Tabak” Division.

Cpt. Petinglay said that it may be recalled that the DAESH inspired terrorists who attacked Marawi recruited and use child warriors in the main battle area and and are still recruiting minors until now. The provincial government of Lanao del Sur, the Philippine National Police Women and Children Protection Desk, the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the Teach Peace Build Peace Movement, and the Kilos Kabataan Livelihood Foundation, Inc. were tapped by the JTF Marawi to make this endeavor possible.

The military also coordinated with concerned government agencies, offices, and partners in Manila, she added.

“Rather than hold guns and become combatants, we want these children to foster a sense of responsibility and, in the future, become leaders of a peaceful Marawi,” Brig. Gen. Bautista concluded.

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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.

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Joint Task Force Marawi conducted a consultative meeting with the officials and concerned parties of Ibn Siena Integrated School Foundation Hidiyyah International School in Marawi City on August 15, 2017.

Lieutenant Colonel Jo-ar A. Herrera, Assistant Chief of Staff for Civil Military Operations (G7) of the Philippine Army’s 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division who represented JTF Marawi in the event assured the stakeholders in Ibn Siena Integrated School Foundation the military is doing its best to take care of those who are affected.

“With the ongoing battle against the terrorists, your Army is ensuring the successful implementation of community engagements in affected communities including Foundation Hidiyyah International School,” Lt. Col. Herrera said.

Alim Ameroddin M. Sarangani, president of Ibn Siena Integrated School Foundation Hidiyyah International School expressed full support of the Army’s initiatives in bringing normalcy in Marawi City.

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Internally displaced persons who are sheltered at the Provincial Capitol in Marawi City received assistance from a medical mission organized by Joint Task Force Marawi and partners on August 16, 2017.

Children dependents of displaced families in the capitol were also treated with psychosocial activities from partners.

The said humanitarian mission benefited 305 evacuees.

Joint Task Force Marawi Commander Brig. Gen. Rolly Bautista said: “Your soldiers are here for you to serve you, to maintain peace and protect our communities.”

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A humanitarian mission was conducted by Joint Task Force Marawi together with the Social Welfare Development Department and local government units in Malabang town, Lanao del Sur on August 12, 2017 for evacuees who are affected by the crisis in Marawi City.

The soldiers, DSWD staff, and local government workers delivered 1,700 packs of rice and goods to evacuees who are home-based and sheltered in an evacuation center in Madrasa II.

1,651 families with 5,670 dependents sought refuge in Malabang 73 kilometers (about 2 hours drive) south of Marawi City when the Maute terrorist group attacked the city on May 23, 2017.

On behalf of Malabang Mayor Raizol S. Balindong, municipal administrator Jerry Rakim received the assistance brought by seven trucks that arrived at noon.

Malabang Municipal Social Welfare and Development Chief Linang Pangkat led the distribution of the goods for the evacuees. She expressed her gratitude to those who supported the endeavor including the security sector.

Soldiers of the Joint Task Force Marawi and Teach Peace Build Peace representatives also conducted activities for children evacuees in Malabang.

Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez, Jr., Commander of the Western Mindanao Command said: “We will always be of help whenever it is needed. Our Joint Task Groups Ranao and Tabang as well as the G7 of the Joint Task Force Marawi are incharge of all efforts that are geared to facilitate humanitarian activities for the evacuees from Marawi City.”

“Your Armed Forces will continue to serve the people and support other organizations whenever, wherever,” Lt. Gen. Galvez said.

Brig. Gen. Rolly Bautista, Commander of Joint Task Force Marawi and Philippine Army’s 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division said: “Your soldiers will continue to conduct humanitarian missions to help everyone who were affected in Marawi.”

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Joint Task Force Marawi, 21 July 2017 – Two pieces of improvised explosive devices (IED) were discovered by government troops while clearing operations were being conducted in Marawi City.

The IEDs were placed inside a house near a parked government troops van along Marohom Street, Barangay Saduc, Marawi City at around 4:45PM on July 20, 2017.

Initial investigations show that the house where the IEDs were found “might have been used by the Maute terrorist group in assembling IEDs,” said Lt. Col. Jo-ar Herrera, Spokesperson of Joint task Force Marawi.

“There is also presence of other IED materials such as handheld radios and wires,” Lt. Col. Herrera said.

The discovered IEDs were turned over to a tactical unit for proper disposition.

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