LGU, Army save Lumad community from misinformation through TV

THE REGION
September 28, 2019

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BAYUGAN CITY, Agusan del Sur – The Local Government Unit (LGU) of Lianga, Surigao del Sur (SDS) in partnership with the 9th Special Forces (HOUNDS) Company of the 3rd Special Forces (ARROWHEAD) Battalion and the Diatagon lumad community leaders donated and installed a television (TV) set with satellite TV subscription to make the conflict-affected community of Sitio Simowao (Kilometer 9) in Diatagon, Lianga, SDS become aware of the current events and the government’s programs through the national and local news today, September 28, 2019. The TV is located at the social hall of the sitio to cater all of its residents.

AFP and LGU believe that in this way, the community will know what really happens in our country as a whole. This initiative can widen their perspectives towards facing the challenges affecting their community. This will liberate them from misinformation and with this, they can fully exercise their right to self-determination because they will be given the liberty to decide and comment based on the wide array of information they can obtain through watching current events and relevant programs.

Lieutenant Colonel Joey B Baybayan said, “Conflict is often caused by feeding any person with wrong information. This wrong information can lead to misunderstanding. This is what happens when Communist NPA Terrorist (CNT) poison the minds of the innocent people in the hinterlands. So, in our own little ways, we address this cause of conflict hoping that it will make people believe that the best way to address issues is to peacefully resolve it through the synergy of the government and the community.”

“This initiative maybe as simple as it is but it can already provide the community a psychological barrier or shield against the CNTs deceptive propaganda that tears the country apart,” he added.

This is the first time in the sitio that a television set becomes readily available. For sure, weekends will now be great than before for our beloved community in Kilometer 9.


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