The 20th Cagayan de Oro City Council recently adopted a resolution commending and congratulating Col. Stephen L. Cabanlet of the Philippine Marine Corps (PMC) and currently assigned as assistant chief of the Unified Command Staff for Operations (U3) of the Western Command (WESCOM) based in Palawan for being awarded as one of the 2022 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos thereby giving honor and pride to Cagayan de Oro City, its officials and residents.
Col. Cabanlet is credited for pioneering the Football for Peace program in Sulu Province in 2011 when he was the Operations Officer of a Marine Battalion. The program encouraged the youth to engage in sports thus promoting peaceful co-existence, camaraderie, teamwork, sportsmanship and discipline.
Other AFP units then adopted his program in other parts of the country which veered the youth away from joining lawless groups.
In 2017, the European Union during the Asean National Forum on Violent Extremism held in Brussels, Belgium, recognized the said program as an effective tool in preventing and countering violent extremism.
Col. Cabanlet graduated from the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) in 1996 and was posted in Mindanao during the all-out war campaign in Camp Abubakar after graduation.
Watch his conferment last September 5 below.