By Freddie Lazaro
LUNA, La Union – The Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO) is calling for the inclusion of the heroism of Filipino soldiers in Bessang Pass and other World War II battles in the region as a subject in school.
“I’m appealing to the LGUs in Region 1 to enact an ordinance mandating the incorporation of the history of the epic “Battle of Bessang Pass” and other local battles in the country during the war in the schools’ subject to let the students know about the heroism of the Filipinos particularly the Ilokanos,” said retired Lieutenant General Ernesto G. Carolina, PVAO administrator.
He stressed the need to teach the youths about the gallantry of the Filipinos to instill in them the values on nationalism and patriotism.
Carolina visited on Friday the shrine of the United States Armed Forces in the Philippines North Luzon (USAFIP-NL) National Military Shrine at Camp PVAO pushes Bessang Pass heroism as a school subjectSpencer, Luna, La Union, to lead the inauguration of a new administration building.
He said the PVAO had developed and published several books about the victory of the Battle of Bessang Pass and other war exploits of Filipino troops during the WWII.
Among the books are “Victory of Bessang Pass” authored by Ben Cal. and “Victory of Northern Luzon” authored by Dr. Cesar P. Pobre.”
PVAO had distributed copies of the two books in local governments in Ilocos Sur, La Union, Ilocos Norte and Pangasinan; and Metro Manila.
By making the Battle of Bessang Pass a subject in school, Carolina said the heroism of the Filipinos will not be forgotten and will continue to inspire the youth.
“If these LGUs ordinances on the inclusion of the country’s epic war stories to the schools’ subject were enacted and implemented, this will be a prelude on the crafting of a national law in congress,” he said.