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Thursday, November 28, 2019


595 police personnel got promoted

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 28 -- Police Brig. Gen. Joselito Esquivel Jr, Regional Director of Police Regional Office (PRO) 13 led the oath-taking ceremony and donning of ranks of 595 police personnel held at the PRO13 Grandstand, Camp Rafael Rodriguez, Butuan City on Monday, November 25.

Of the 595 promoted personnel, 21 were Police Commissioned Officers (PCOs) and 574 were Police Non-Commissioned Officers (PNCOs) assigned to different police units of Caraga.

PBGen. Esquivel congratulated the promotees and emphasized that their promotion does not only imply more authority; but greater responsibility that needs more responsive career development to adequately meet the demands of higher positions appropriate to their new ranks.

The promotion was a result of the merit system to give recognition to the PNP uniformed personnel and uplift the morale of the police force.

“Our promotion comes from God and we are answerable to Him for the services we give to the public. I am looking forward also that you will become good role models of competence, discipline, excellence, and professionalism in the police force,” RD Esquivel added. (PRO13/PIA-Caraga)

Army’s CSP team shares school supplies to young learners

TALACOGON, Agusan del Sur, Nov. 28 -- The Community Support Program (CSP) team of the 26th Infantry Battalion (26IB), Philippine Army took part in the celebration of the 27th National Children's Month as they distributed school and office supplies and conducted supplemental feeding to the daycare learners of Barangay Mahayahay, San Luis, Agusan del Sur on November 22, 2019.

A total of 40 preschoolers benefitted from the supplemental feeding and received school supplies donated by the Provincial Social Welfare Development (PSWD)-Agusan del Sur.

The soldiers distributed 80 pad papers, 40 pieces notebooks, 30 boxes of crayons, 10 pieces scissors, seven boxes of pencils, five boxes of play dough, two boxes sharpeners and other office and teaching materials.

Said activity was made possible through the help of Rachel Montemor, PSWD officer, in collaboration with 1Lt. Percival Carido, the civil-military operations (CMO) officer of 26th IB as part of the lined-up activities for the said celebration with the theme "Karapatan Pambata: Patuloy na Pahalagahan at Gampanan Tungo sa Magandang Kinabukasan."

“As we celebrate the special month for our young generation, this activity forms part of our commitment to impart community service and other efforts to win the people’s trust and support. We have to instill in the minds of the children that our personnel is here to help,” 1Lt. Carido said.

Touched by the said distribution, Arcita Cervantes, one of the daycare teachers, expressed her heartfelt gratitude to the CSP team. She expressed that she did not expect that her request to the troops regarding the school materials will be granted. “Thank you very much Philippine Army and other involved personalities for making this activity possible. This only proves that our soldiers are not only trained for war, but also for social and charity works,” she said.

Lt. Col. Romeo Jimenea, commanding officer of 26IB also emphasized that this effort forms part of the government’s implementation of Executive Order 70 or the whole-of-nation approach to end local communist armed conflict. “This simple gift-giving activity initiated by our CSP with the help of PSWD-Agusan del Sur is a proof that EO 70 is very effective contrary to allegations of the leftist groups that EO 70 is a junk and that our troops are abusive and troublemakers,” he said.

“We are glad to see smiles painted on the faces of these young children. As part of the government, it is our joy that we bring a glimpse of hope and happiness to them. We will continue to collaborate with other agencies and other stakeholders to support EO 70 most especially in providing these young individuals a safe and comfortable place for learning,” added Jimenea. (26IB/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

'Intense battle' erupts between Army, Surigao tribes

By Lt. Krisjuper Andreo Punsalan

LIANGA, Surigao del Sur, Nov. 28 -- A fierce battle on the basketball court commenced on Monday between the Indigenous Peoples (IP) Community and the Community Support Teams (CSTs) in Sitio Simuwao (Kilometer 9), Diatagon, Lianga, Surigao del Sur. This is the first inter-sitio basketball league in the conflict-affected area in Andap Valley Complex organized by the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) of Diatagon, Diatagon Barangay Local Government Unit, the IP residents and the CSTs composed of the troops from the 3rd Special Forces “Arrowhead” Battalion (3SFBn), 401st Civil Military Operations (CMO) Company and the Philippine National Police (PNP).
                                            
The basketball court was constructed through the efforts of both Kilometer 9 IP residents and the composite Army and PNP personnel being falsely accused by the militant group, Malahutayong Pakigbisog Alang a Sumusunod (MAPASU), a local affiliate of Bayan Muna Partylist represented by Eufemia Campos Cullamat, the sister of Pablito Sinzo Campos, alias Batik, a Communist NPA Terrorist nabbed by the 3SFBn and currently detained in Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur.

“May labanan na nagaganap ngayon sa pagitan ng Army at mga tribo ditto sa KM 9, pero sa basketbolan. Okay kaayo,“ laughingly said by a resident of the sitio.
“The IP Community is happy with the latest development in their area. Before they are a bit skeptical about the military’s presence but the sincerity of the government to attain sustainable and genuine peace made this possible,” Lt. Col. Joey Baybayan said.

Ten teams from neighboring sitios in Andap Valley participated in the league to include residents from Kilometer 16, (Sitio Han-Ayan) in Diatagon where Alternative Learning Center for Agricultural and Livelihood Development (ALCADEV), an alleged hub of the CNTs exists.

“Our main advantage and weapon in our quest to end local communist armed conflict is the truth. No matter how many lies and propaganda the CNTs and their allied groups throw at us, the truth will always prevail," Col. Allan Hambala, 401st Infantry Brigade Commander said. (3rd SFBn-CMO/PIA-Surigao del Sur)