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Thursday, July 18, 2019


Army commanders in Caraga discuss peace efforts with SurSur guv

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, July 18 – The commanders of the 401st and 402nd Infantry Brigades of the Philippine Army covering the province of Surigao del Sur paid courtesy call to Governor Alexander Pimentel and discussed the current peace and order situation, and security and development efforts held recently at the provincial capitol, this city.

Colonel Allan Hambala and Colonel Maurito Licudine, Brigade Commanders of 401st and 402nd Brigade, respectively, together with the Battalion Commanders of 75th Infantry Battalion (IB), 36IB and 3rd Special Forces Battalion paid visit to the newly-installed chief executive of the province to formally introduce themselves and update the governor on the security and development efforts being undertaken by the Army units on the ground.

Surigao del Sur is one of the eight provinces covered by the Army’s 4th Infantry Diamond Division based in Camp Edilberto Evangelista, Patag, Cagayan de Oro City.

The two cities and 17 municipalities of the province are further geographically subdivided by three infantry battalions which confront the terrorist groups of the New People’s Army.

According to Colonel Hambala, the visit was just the start of a frequent engagement between the Provincial Government of Surigao del Sur and the 401st Brigade, as the unit covers Bislig City and the seven municipalities of Surigao del Sur.

“With the implementation of Executive Order 70 in the region, Surigao del Sur, which has 12 municipalities identified as the Peace and Development Zones (PDZ), must fully take advantage of the opportunities that will be brought by this initiative,” Hambala said.

“With a strong political will and continuous commitment of our new local chief executives in Sursur spearheaded by Governor Pimentel, I am very sure that the localized implementation of EO 70 will become effective and successful in the whole province,” Hambala added. (26IB/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

20 FRs, supporters surrender in SurSur town

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

CARMEN, Surigao del Sur, July 18 (PIA) - A total of 20 former rebels (FRs) and supporters of the New People's Army (NPA) Terrorist surrendered to the Community Support Program (CSP) team of Charlie Company, 36th Infantry Battalion (36IB), in close coordination with the local government unit (LGU) of Carmen on July 14, 2019 in Brgy. Hinapuyan, Carmen, Surigao del Sur, an army official confirmed.

Lt. Jonald Romorosa, Civil-Military Operations Officer of the 36IB, said the surrenderers were composed of eight regular members, one courier, two organizers, one medic, one collector, and seven contact members, all residents of Carmen town.

During the interrogation, the FRs and NPA supporters have pledged their sincere commitment to go back to the fold of the government and vowed to withdraw their support from the NPA terrorist.

"For the longest time, we thought that the NPA will help us. But, we were just deceived, we were made to believe that supporting the terrorist NPA will improve our lives. We thanked the Army CSP for opening our eyes on the deceptions and lies of the CPP-NPA-NDF organizations," said one of the surrenderers.

Carmen Mayor Jane Valeroso-Plaza delivers her message during the mass surrender of 20 former rebels and supporters in Carmen, Surigao del Sur. (Photo: 36IB, Philippine Army)
During the mass surrender, Carmen Mayor Jane Valeorozo-Plaza administered the pledge of allegiance to the government with the presence of Lt. Colonel Xerxes Trinidad, Commanding Officer-36IB and TESDA Caraga Regional Director Ashary Banto.

Mayor Plaza stressed that the people of Carmen are already awakened of the NPA's deception.

"The pledge of allegiance manifests the peace-loving Carmenanon’s withdrawal of support and rejection of the NPA terrorists from the communities," Mayor Plaza added.

The 20 FRs will be processed and validated for their enrollment to the Enhanced-Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP), a government intervention package for former rebels. (with a report from 36IB/PIA-Surigao del Sur)