WIA Soldiers in Marawi Can Still Serve the Country, Taposok Says

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Dr. Luz Taposok (in white dress), Colonel Antonio Punzalan MC (GSC) PA, Chief of VLMC (in white uniform) with the WIA soldiers behind liberation of Marawi City. (Photo by Ms. Harline Gallego)

QUEZON CITY – In line with the President’s commitment to help the wounded-in-action (WIA) soldiers in the Marawi siege, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) provided technical assistance to the Department of National Defense (DND) during its conduct of training on agriculture particularly livestock production.

ATI Officer-in-Charge Director Luz Taposok acknowledged the sacrifices of the WIA soldiers for the liberation of Marawi City. She lauded them as well for their initiative to learn about agriculture while they are still on the process of recovery.

“You have faced harsh realities while protecting Marawi, and now I am pleased to know about your willingness to venture into agriculture,” she remarked.

She admired the soldiers for their intention to maximize their time to learn about new technologies in agriculture for their livelihood and for overall food production instead of resting fulltime. “Truly, your passion to serve the country never stops,” Taposok claimed.

With strong reinforcement, the OIC-Director assured the WIA soldiers that they can still serve the country through farming and livestock.

She stated, “This isn’t the finish line. While you are healing and regaining strength, maaari ninyo pa rin protektahan ang bansa mula naman sa kagutuman (you can still protect the country this time, against hunger).”

According to her, ATI in behalf of the Department of Agriculture, will be more than willing to guide them in their agricultural endeavors.

“Hindi man kayo nakauniporme (even though you are not in combat uniforms), you are still serving with a high sense of patriotism, and purpose thru agriculture. Once a soldier, always a soldier,” Taposok addressed the WIA soldiers.

Revitalizing military mindset, she further noted, “We are still in battle, dear soldiers. All of us, working hand in hand, are capable of hastening the country’s transformation to a developed and sustainable nation.”

Taposok added that as President Rodrigo Duterte promised, “there is life and people still waiting for you after Marawi.”

The five-day Agricultural Training of the WIA soldiers was held last February 19-23, 2018 in V-Luna Medical Center (VMLC).

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