The military, along with the other concerned government agencies, has led the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a makeshift schools for the Manobo tribe in Surigao del Sur Monday, March 23.
“No ceasefire in delivering the basic and social services to address the root causes of communist armed conflict and in implementing our tasks in addressing COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) crisis,” said Lt. Col. Joey B. Baybayan of the 3rd Special Forces “Arrowhead” Battalion during the event.
President Rodrigo Duterte earlier declared a unilateral ceasefire against the communist rebels so that the government forces could focus on addressing the COVID-19 pandemic.
The school project aims to serve the Manobo tribe in Sitio Simuwao (Km 9), Diatagon, Lianga and Sitio Lucnodon, Mahaba, Marihatag, Surigao del Sur.
Baybayan said that the Department of Education (DepEd) is eyeing to complete the construction of the IP Makeshift Schools and make them operational in time for the opening of the school year 2020-2021.
The project will replace the alleged communist-link schools.