The crew members of Philippine Navy Jacinto-class corvette BRP Apolinario Mabini (PS36) have conducted community service in Olanivan and Sarangani islands July 16 to 18 as part of pre-anniversary activities, dubbed as “Clean, Repair, Plant & Share…The APOMABS Way”, for the said Navy ship.
“Both islands are 2 of the 3 southernmost islands of our country before reaching the common borders of Philippines-Indonesia where our vessel has been conducting Maritime Patrol (MARPAT) and Territorial Defense Operations (TDO) under the guidance of Commodore Antonio C Palces PN, Commander, Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao (NFEM),” NFEM said.
Activities conducted include: “Clean-up” Drive at Olanivan Island (the first-ever clean-up conducted in the said island); “REPAIR” through Brigada Eskwela at Jose De Arce Memorial National High School (JDAMNSH) (1 to 2-hour up-hill walk from the shore to the mountain depending on the weather); “PLANT” through Mangrove-Planting at Falak Ba-I Beach Marine Sanctuary; and SHARE thru “gift-giving” of school bags complete with school supplies and recruitment information kit or bookmark of PS36 to kids ages 5 to 8 years old at Maluco Cawa Alliance Chapel of Sarangani Island, Sarangani, Davao Occidental.
“The activity was capped with the gift-giving of school bags to fifty (50) little children of Cawa Alliance Church assisted by the Municipal Government of Sarangani led by Mayor Virginia T. Cawa,” NFEM said.
“Since our vessel and the Municipality of Sarangani have been engaging in multifarious tasks of bringing services to the people for some time now, I initiated to introduce my navy team to the people of Sarangani, especially to the youth, through a series of activities which in high hopes, will bring more collaborative outputs in the future – all towards the efforts of bringing peace and security to our country even in the face of this pandemic” PS36 commanding officer Commander Dela Calzada said.