UPDEPP STUDENTS DONATE GOODS TO SOLDIERS IN WEST PHILIPPINE SEA

By Arvi Rivera, Editor-in-Chief, Frontliner

At 12PM today, soldiers belonging to the Western Command Armed Forces of the Philippines, the formation of the AFP tasked with protecting the West Philippine Sea, arrived on-campus to pick up goods donated by UP Clark students and Filipinos from all over the Pampanga area.

​They were greeted and assisted by UP Clark students and staff in organizing and loading the donated goods.

After accounting for all goods, and exchanging pleasantries with the UP Clark community, the soldiers returned to Camp Aguinaldo to further process the donations.

The pick-up concluded Frontliner's Operation Ligtas Kalayaan, a donation drive intended to help resupply the country's outposts in the Kalayaan Islands Group (KIG). These outposts are crucial for the hundreds of Filipino fisher folk who rely on them for protection from both bad weather and Chinese harassment.

​The donations will be processed and held in Camp Aguinaldo before being loaded on a C-130 cargo plane bound for Palawan. From there, they will be distributed among the Philippines' 9 outposts in the Kalayaan Islands Group.


Frontliner is the official campus paper of the University of the Philippines Diliman Extension Program in Pampanga.