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Monday, September 23, 2019

Barangay officials play big role in solving insurgency


BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 23 (PIA) -- In the recent multi-stakeholders summit on Executive Order No. 70 or the whole-of-nation approach to end local communists armed conflict, Agusan del Norte 1st district representative Maria Angelica Rosedell Amante-Matba gave emphasis on the big role of barangay officials in curbing insurgency problem in the area and achieve peace and development.

“If you want to solve insurgency, help the government; work and do your part as the barangay executive; and know your constituents,” Matba told the barangay officials present during the summit held in Butuan City.

Punong barangay Ireneo Lauro of barangay Jaguimitan in the municipality of Nasipit, Agusan del Norte believed that EO 70 is an ultimate solution to end insurgency in the country. “This is now the tool that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has given us, we will implement this to solve insurgency in our area,” Lauro said.

Also, Las  Nieves, Agusan del Norte Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representative (IPMR) Datu Ronald Manhumosay called on the IPs to unite and support the implementation of EO 70 to live a peaceful and productive life.

Agusan del Norte governor Dale Corvera also encouraged all Caraganons to work together to stop the CPP-NPAs fifty years of chaotic and conflict-causing activities.

“There can be no development without peace, and there can be no peace without development. United effort is all that we need to solve the insurgency problem,” said Corvera.

Meanwhile, DILG Agusan del Norte provincial director Ellen Vee Chua is also hopeful that barangay officials will also cooperate in solving insurgency in their area, as they play an important role in the communities and they know best what  interventions are needed from the government. (NCLM/PIA Agusan del Norte)

3 NPA supporters surrender in Surigao Sur

By Capt. Edwin Leo Francisco

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Sept. 23 -- A New People's Army regular member and two Militia ng Bayan (MB) members under the Weakened Guerilla Front 14, North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee (WGF14, NEMRC) voluntarily surrendered to the Philippine Army at the 75th Infantry Battation (75IB) headquarters in Bislig City on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019.

The surrenderees were identified as AKA Bernabe, AKA Loy, and AKA Jun, all residents of Sitio 1K (San Isidro), Brgy. Bunawan Brook, Bunawan, Agusan del Sur.

They brought with them the following war materials: one M2 Carbine with one magazine loaded of 10 live ammunition; two gallons of Improvised Explosive Device (IED); 150 meters flat cord #22; three pieces blasting cups with five meters detonating cords; one shotgun homemade rifle; one shotgun pistol (homemade); six magazines of AK47; one 7.62MM M14 Rifle with one magazine loaded with 20 rounds of live ammunition; and two pieces of subversive books.

Cabakungan said they have decided to surrender due to the fear and exhaustion of hiding away from the operation of the government forces. “Naka desisyon mi nga musurender tungod sa kahadlok ug kakapoy sigeg dagan, tago palayo sa operasyon sa militar ug kapulisan ug dugang pa ang NPA wala nituman sa ilang saad sa amoa nga sila (NPA) musuporta sa among pamilya gani gigatungan pa mi og sakto nga masuko ug mokontra sa gobyerno. Dugang pa nga rason sa among pag surrender, gusto namo nga manginabuhig malinawon kauban sa matag namo nga pamilya (We have decided to surrender due to the fear and exhaustion of hiding away from the operation of the military and police, also, the NPA have not kept their promises that they (NPA) will support our family and they convince us to get mad and oppose to the government. In addition, we want to live peacefully together with each of our family)," said Cabakungan in their colloquial dialect.

Lt. Col. Warren Munda, Acting Commanding Officer of 75IB said, "With the support of our government, stakeholders and people in the community, together we'll resolve and act as one to this campaign in eradicating the Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs)."

The surrenderees will undergo the process as they return to the folds of the government. They are expected to receive assistance from the government through the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP). (75IB-CMO/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

Army troopers recover war materials in Agusan Norte

By 1Lt. Roel Maglalang

BUENAVISTA, Agusan del Norte, Sept. 23 -- Troops of 23rd Infantry (Masigasig) Battalion, Philippine Army recovered two high powered firearms and NPA personal belongings after the series of encounter in the hinterlands of Barangay Sangay, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte from September 15-16, 2019.

The encounter transpired while the troops were responding to the information from the local populace regarding the presence of armed men in the area. The series of firefight resulted in the recovery of the following items: two M1 Garand rifles; one magazine of AK47; 20 rounds of 7.62mm M14 (serviceable); three clips of Garand loaded with 24 rounds; one cellular phone; two clips of caliber 30, M1 Garand; and two civilian bags with assorted clothing.

The said group of terrorists are believed to be members of Samahang Yunit Propaganda SIKOP, Guerilla Front Committee 4A, North Central Mindanao Regional Committee under an unknown leader.

Lt. Col. Francisco Molina Jr, Commanding Officer, 23IB expressed his gratitude to the concerned citizens of Barangay Sangay, Buenavista for their cooperation and for providing timely and positive information about the presence of CNTs in the area.

“Through the help of the residents and the commitment of the troops to the mandated task in serving the people and securing the land, we prevented again the senseless CNTs from conducting extortion, recruitment, and manipulation to the vulnerable residents. Let us continue our partnership to finally End LocalCommunist Armed Conflict in our area and create a peaceful environment. We will never get tired of pursuing the enemies,” Molina said.

“To the remaining members of CNTs, now is the right time to go back to the folds of the law. Don’t waste your life being victimized by their false ideologies. Stand for what is right and open your eyes for the truth. Go back to the government and contribute to maintaining peace in our area,” Molina added. (CMO Officer, 23IB, PA/PIA Agusan del Norte)

Agusan del Sur province in Caraga region declared as drug-cleared

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 23 (PIA) -- As the government continues to combat against illegal drugs menace, the province of Agusan del Sur was declared as drug-cleared after its remaining 63 drug-affected barangays, Bayugan City, and six municipalities had recently been declared by the Barangay Drug-Clearing Program Regional Oversight Committee – (BDCP-ROC) Caraga.

Agusan del Sur was the third province in the region declared as drug-cleared, while Bayugan City is also the third city declared by the committee as drug-cleared.

According to acting assistant regional director Irvin John Coderis of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Caraga, constant coordination and cooperation of the barangay officials who also composed the Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Councils (BADACs) are greatly needed for its operation to be successful.

The official added that BADACs contribute much as they are the ones to assess and monitor those residents in their area of concern that are identified as drug personality.

“The barangay drug clearing program in its core is all about what we call the barangay intelligence network. They are really the ones who determine and assess drug personalities in their area of responsibility,” said Coderis.

Meanwhile, PDEA and other concerned government agencies have been stepping-up its effort and activities to minimize if not eliminate the number of cases or people getting involved in illegal drug trade.

They will also strengthen the rehabilitation program for the drug victims in the region. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Mga barangay sa PDI makabenipisyo sa libreng elektrisidad

By Susil D. Ragas

MUNISIPYO SA SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, Sept. 23 (PIA) – Usa ka panagtagbo ug pulong-pulong ang gipahigayon tali sa lokal ng pangagamhanan sa probinsya uban ang mga opisyales sa World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) ug Dinagat Islands Electric Cooperative (DIELCO) bag-ohay pa lamang didto sa Governor’s Function Hall, San Jose, ning probinsya.

Gihisgutan sa maong panagtigum ang proyekto nga Solar Community-Based Island Tourism and Livelihood Energizer Platform (SMILE) nga tumong ug tinguha niini nga mahatagan og saktong elektrisidad ang pipila ka halayong mga isla nga nahisakop sa probinsya.

Ang una nga maka benipisyo sa maong proyekto mao ang Barangay Cab-ilan sa lungsod sa Dinagat ug Barangay Kanihaan sakop sa lungsod sa Libjo.

Usa usab kini kalakang aron matabangan ang komunidad para sa responsable nga panginabuhian nga dili makadaot sa kinaiyahan ug labaw sa tanan mapalambo ang turismo sa duha ka mga barangay.

Ang maong panagtigum gipangulohan ni Governor Kaka Bag-ao uban ang mga opisyales sa WWF Philippines sa pagpangulo ni Overall Project Manager Joeffrey T. Maglinte kauban ang pipila ka personahe sa DIELCO. (Dinagat Islands-PIO/PIA-Dinagat Islands)