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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Gov’t intensifies security awareness drive in Agusan Norte 

By 1Lt. Roel T. Maglalang

BUENAVISTA, Agusan del Norte, Mar. 10 --  The 23rd Infantry (Masigasig) Battalion (23IB), Philippine Army led by its Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Francisco L. Molina Jr, together with Miss Agnes Lopez Reaño (Lola) national president of the former rebels (FR) organization People’s Advocacy for Collaboration and Empowerment, Inc (PeACE, Inc.), Representative Maria Angelica Rosedell M. Amante-Matba, Governor Dale Corvera and the Municipal Mayors of Agusan del Norte recently attended the 2nd Division Management Committee Conference of DepEd Agusan del Norte held in Butuan City.

The 2nd Division ManCom Conference with the theme “Achieving Peace through Synergy of Stakeholders: Together Towards Tomorrow” for the first time discussed the insurgency problem in this province. The discussion was geared towards the efforts of the national government in decreasing the problem which was capsulized by an Executive Order signed by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte institutionalizing the “Whole of Nation” approach. Lt. Col Molina as Chairman of Situational Awareness and Knowledge Management (SAKM) also rendered a report on the effort of the 23IB in encouraging the youth to continue and finish their studies, which was tagged as Information Education Campaign (IEC). IEC was conducted to Junior and Senior High School on the following municipalities: Las Nieves, Buenavista, Nasipit, Carmen, Agusan del Norte including Butuan City. ManCom was attended by 364 participants which included Supervisors, School Heads, Guidance Counselor of the DepEd Agusan del Norte.

Lola, in her talk, urged the teachers, being their second parents inside the school campuses, to protect the students. As second parents “You have the responsibility in protecting the students against the manipulations of the CNTs. I hope that you will not only teach academics but inculcate good moral values. Solidify the sacrifices of their parents, value the efforts of the government and encourage them to finish their studies," Lola added.

“To the teachers especially those who are members of ACT Partylist, please refrain from recruiting innocent children to join the armed group. Instead be a good role model to your students for their future depends on how you encourage them to reach their goals in life. If we fail to do so, we will never find a solution in ending the decade long insurgency problem of our country," she added.

Lt. Col. Molina encouraged the teachers to guide the students, to educate them on the workings of the government, to inform them that the government is working." He underscored that “the future of our children lies in our hand, always integrate in your subjects the efforts of our government in improving their lives. We also hope that you will support the Army’s effort in protecting the children, their future and their lives, and the effort of the national government in ending the conflict, which debilitates our country and destroys the future and lives of our youth and students.”

On the other hand, Gov. Corvera emphasized that “the 2nd ManCom Conference is a tremendous help for the province since it was the first time ever the ManCom conference will focus its discussion on the insurgency problem of Agusan del Norte. He added that the IEC spearheaded by the 23IB is a great help for the teachers since the students will be educated and taught on the manipulative recruitment strategy of the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG).”

Matba appealed to the attendees “let us perform our job properly, let’s walk our talk, be an exemplar of good governance. Let’s unite, and bond together to save our youth from the manipulative tactics of this armed group. Working together and aiming to have peace in our province will ensure that there will be no more wasted lives of children."

"If you will be able to save just a single life of a child, it is already a big contribution to Agusan del Norte. It is only through your commitment that we will be able to make sure that our students will understand the importance of family, because this is what the CTGs aimed to destroy, the smallest unit of the government which is the family, and the very fabric that makes our nation strong and great,” she added. (CMO Officer, 23IB, Philippine Army/PIA Agusan del Norte)

Surigao Sur IPs, leaders welcome establishment of IPED schools 

By Lt. Krisjuper Anreo Punsalan

LIANGA, Surigao Del Sur, Mar. 10 -- The residents of Sitio Simuwao (Kilometer 9) and the Lianga Indigenous Peoples’ (IP) Council look forward to the establishment of the IP Education School in Kilometer 9 to provide quality education for IP children on June.

“As leaders of the IP council of Lianga, we have provided Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) to the government to establish IP schools for the betterment of our tribe because this is what our tribesmen want,” said Datu Constancio Duhac, Lianga Tribal Chieftain.

Sitio Simuwao Chairman Jhunee Salinas expressed his enthusiasm for the planned development but also requested a military detachment to protect the residents and the project from Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs) attacks. 

“We are happy that the government heeded our call to provide us schools but we also request for the presence of the military to protect us from CNTs’ attacks. They are against the establishment of the IP schools because they know that all TRIFPSS students will transfer eventually in the IPED government schools,” Salinas, said.

The Tribal Filipino Program of Surigao del Sur or TRIFPSS is a non-government organization run, non-DepEd accredited private school without a license or permit to operate, and an alleged CNT hub along with Alternative Learning Center for Agricultural Development (ALCADEV).

Lianga IPMR Hawudon Jumar S. Bucales, reacted on Tandag Bishop Raul Dael and Bishop Emeritus Nereo Odchimar’s contrary remarks on March 6 against their proposed IPED schools for their tribe saying that IPED government schools are no longer necessary.

“With due respect to Bishop Dael and Bishop Odchimar, the IP Council based on our IP Political Structure (IPS), was the one who spearheaded the request for IP schools. We hope you could also have a dialogue with the legitimate IP leadership not only with communist-linked MAPASU so that your perspectives would be balanced,” Bucales said.

The IP council also hit Lianga Councilor and Committee Chair on Education Samuel Dollano for allegedly delaying the approval and signing of the IP leaders’ resolution for the establishment of IPED schools and the closure of TRIFPSS and ALCADEV.

This is the reason why the IPs sought the help of the Regional Development Council (RDC) and the DepEd Caraga Region to craft and approve a resolution for the establishment of IPED schools under Executive Order No.70; s. 2019 and other legal provisions, it was learned.

Meanwhile, the Lianga IP Council mulls on creating a resolution and appeal to the Provincial and Regional Task Forces on Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC) to apply moral suasion and/or sanctions to Councilor Nelsur Samuel Dollano under DILG memorandum order 2018-211 and Republic Act No. 10168 known as Terrorism Financing and Suppression Act of 2012 for alleged suspicious transactions with individuals or Non-Government Organizations (NGOs)/Non-Profit Organizations (NPOs) that are affiliated or related to people suspected of having connection with a terrorist individual, organization, association or group of persons. (CMO-3SFBn/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

DILG Caraga hosts localization activity for EO 70

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 10 -- The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Caraga hosted the conduct of Localization of EO (LEO) 70 Planning Workshop for Mindanao Cluster on March 5 and 6 in Almont Inland Resort, this city.

The activity was participated by the heads of DILG regional offices in Mindanao. DILG Undersecretary for Local Government Marivel C. Sacendoncillo was also present, together with personnel from the Local Government Academy.

The said workshop centered on identifying different strategies to be employed in the localized implementation of EO 70 such as creating services that will ensure the attainment of peace along with identifying and assessing risks upon attaining the said goal and identifying the set of indicators that will measure its success.

Usec. Sacendoncillo shed light on the reason behind the prevailing existence of insurgency, explicating that as long as socio-economic issues are not addressed, Communist Terrorist Groups (CTGs) will continue to exploit the economically-underprivileged and the cultural minorities in forwarding their own agenda.

In addition, she underscored the significance of the Retooled Community Support Program (RSCP) in which creating a dialogue with the community is deemed as one of the primary steps in formulating solutions to the communities’ problems.

“You can bring your ideas and adjust this according to the needs of your region. The vehicle will be different as we move through this journey from one place to another,” she added.

To cap off the activity, the participants had an on-site learning experience in a Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) project in Brgy. Puting Bato, Cabadbaran City where they saw firsthand the positive impacts of a community-consulted government intervention against insurgency.

Implementation of RCSP

The implementation of RCSP in the region paved the way for the completion of the Barangay Development Plans (BDPs) of the 80 priority barangays, enabling the conduct of community consultations and public validation of the identified priority projects during the Barangay Assembly to address the governance gaps of the concerned barangay.

This paved way for the construction of a farm-to-market road (FMR) in the geographically isolated, disadvantaged, and conflict-affected areas across the region and the facilitation of abaca weaving and handicraft making and provide access to credit (loan assistance) as much as Php 200,000. (DMR/DILG-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)