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Tuesday, January 5, 2021

6 NPA members surrender to gov't during CPP-NPA anniv

By 2Lt. Cecille Tappa

TALACOGON, Agusan del Sur, Jan. 5 - Six members of the New People's Army (NPA) voluntarily surrendered to the 26th Infantry Battalion (26IB), Philippine Army during the 52nd founding anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) on Dec. 26, 2020.
The surrenderees were identified as alias ‘Eking’ from Brgy. Balit, alias ‘Nel’ and alias ‘Juan’ from Brgy. Binicalan, all of San Luis, Agusan del Sur; alias ‘Paying’ from Brgy. Lydia, alias ‘Ebo’ and alias ‘Nadel’ from Brgy. Angeles, all of La Paz, Agusan del Sur. They were all Militia ng Bayan (MB) members of the Guerilla Front 88 of the North Central Mindanao Regional Committee (NCMRC) operating in San Luis and some parts of Talacogon and La Paz, ADS.

“Taphaw ug haw-ang ang kalipay nga among nasinati sa  nilabay nga pasko tungod kay anaa ang kakulba ug kaguol nga basin kami masikop sa mga awtoridad nga tungod kay kami mga member man sa NPA isip MB, ug karun nag surrender mi aron mahimong bulawanon ang masadya ang  among mga mahal sa kinabuhi sa pag sugat sa bag-ong tuig ug makasugod na usab kami ug malinawon nga kinabuhi uban among pamilya. Gikapoy na kami sa among mga gibuhaton isip usa sa mga teroristang NPA tungod ky wala kini gikatabang kanamu (We were not really happy when we were still in the movement because of fear that we might get caught by the authorities considering that we are members of the NPA. Now that we surrendered, we hoped to have a peaceful and meaningful life especially this new year, where we could spend enough time with the family. We already got tired of the life we used to have when we were still in the terrorist NPA group),” alias Nel said.

With the intent to fully surrender to the government, they peacefully laid down six firearms composed of one M16 rifle, one carbine rifle, two caliber 38 revolver, two caliber 45 pistol, one KG9, four magazines, assorted live ammunition and NPA flag.

As part of the Barangay Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (BTF-ELCAC), the empowered Brgy. Officials of Brgy. Balit, San Luis town headed by punong barangay Elisa P. Gaud, accompanied the surrenderees going to the 26IB headquarters as a way of showing their efforts in ending insurgency and peace-building initiatives at the barangay level.

The 26IB under the command of Lt. Col. Reynald Romel A. Goce, is on high alert through increased patrols, checkpoints, and strengthened security in its area of operations to prevent the NPA's threat of violence during its anniversary. "We have deployed our troops for an intensified military operations, we will not allow these terrorists to mark their anniversary with any atrocities," he said.

"These surrenderees have already realized the futility of their armed struggle, welcome back to the fold of the law. The continuous surrender only means that the CPP-NPA is weakening and the AFP will continue its duty in ending the conflict. The government, thru the efforts of the NTF-ELCAC, is winning the war against these terrorists and there will be no more anniversaries for them," Lt. Col. Goce added.

The unit of 26IB has conducted custodial debriefing to the surrenderees who were also processed for enrollment in the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) benefits, a government program that aims to help the rebel members of CPP-NPA-NDF and MB to restore their allegiance to the Philippine government. (Acting CMO, 26IB/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Army discovers CNT’s arms cache in Surigao del Norte

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Jan. 5 -- The troops of the 30th Infantry Battalion (30IB), Philippine Army discovered an arms cache of the communist New Peoples Army (NPA) terrorists or CNTs in the vicinity of Tugnawan, Sitio Little Baguio, Brgy. Payapag, Bacuag in this province, morning of December 27, 2020.

Based on the report, the 30IB launched an operation in response to the information revealed by a former rebel regarding the whereabouts of CNT’s cache containing high powered firearms and war materials in the said area. 

The recovered numerous firearms include one caliber 5.56 AR18 rifle with SN BB777999; one AK47 Rifle with SN 5508081; one caliber 30 M1 Garrand Rifle; one caliber .22 Springfield Rifle with SN 2094577; one Hagen Shotgun; three anti-personnel mines; 76 rounds 7.62 live ammunition for AK47; 31 rounds 7.62 live ammunition for caliber 30 M1 Garrand, assorted magazines; three magazines for AK47; 250 meters electrical wire; and batteries.

The said war materials are believed to be owned by the elements of Guerilla Front 16, NEMRC.

Col. George L. Banzon, commander of 901st Infantry (Fight’Em) Brigade, said that the discovery of the firearms was a clear manifestation that many are displeased of the existence of the communist terrorist group (CTG).

“In most of our successful operations, if it's not the civilians, it's the former rebels (FRs) who disclose the whereabouts of their hideouts, caches and the likes. This clearly suggests that our people including the FRs are disgruntled and tired of the CTG atrocities and they want to end insurgency,” he said.

Col. Banzon said that they will continue to pursue the remaining members of the CTG in order to ensure the safety and security of the communities in Surigao del Norte. He added that the remarkable gains in the counter-insurgency campaign in the province were results of the convergence of efforts among different sectors of the society.

“We have achieved these gains because the local populace had seen and appreciated the efforts of the government in pursuing genuine peace by facilitating the convergence to address insurgency,” he said. (901st Infantry (Fight’Em) Brigade/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

More Surigaonon farmers to benefit from another FMR

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Jan. 5 -- The Department of Agriculture – Caraga Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-CPRD) has turned-over recently a 4.6-kilometer Farm to Market Road (FMR) connecting Barangay Bad-as and Barangay Maslog in Placer town, this province.

The total project cost of the rehabilitation/construction/concreting of the said FMR has amounted to P81,573,000 with a total of 708 households benefiting from the project.

DA Deputy Project Director Jodal A. Tabada said that she is thankful for the partnership between the DA-PRDP Caraga and the local government unit that made the project possible.

She was hopeful that the project will help in further developing the agricultural and fishery activities in the municipality.

Tabada also said that boosting the agricultural and fishery production will help keep the town food-secure which is very important especially at this time when there are a lot of transport and travel restrictions because of the pandemic.

She urged the project beneficiaries to manage the project well to make it last longer so that many more can benefit from it. (DA-Caraga/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

Surigao port frontliners get disinfectant alcohol from PH distillery

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Jan. 5 -- With the start of the new year, frontliners serving the Port of Surigao received much-valued assistance in the continuing fight against the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID 19), courtesy of Tanduay Distillers Incorporated.

Boxes of 70% ethyl alcohol containing two dozens of 375 ml. bottles were given recently for the use of port frontliners by representatives of Tanduay Distillers led by Earl Matthew F. Uy, the company’s local area sales coordinator, and were received by Port Manager Officer-in-Charge Froilan Caturla.

A wholly-owned subsidiary of Lucio Tan (LT) Group, Tanduay has been producing ethyl alcohol since the middle part of 2020 to help address the alcohol shortage among medical facilities.

The company possessed some of the most modern and the best distilleries in the country which were temporarily converted to produce ethyl alcohol as a way of doing its part to keep communities safe from the spread of COVID 19. (NC Nusog, PPA-PMO/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

PSA Caraga enjoins support for January 2021 LFS, CHED rider questions 

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 5 -- The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) in Caraga will conduct the January 2021 Labor Force Survey (LFS) and rider questions of the Commission of Higher Education (CHED) and the UN Women. With a regional sample of approximately 2,144 housing units, it is deemed sufficient to provide regional level estimates.

In Caraga, about 48 statistical researchers and field personnel will be involved employing an integrated Computer-Aided Data Collection System (CADaCS) for the survey.
The LFS is a nationwide quarterly survey of households conducted by the PSA to gather data on the demographic and socio-economic characteristics of the population. Whereas the CHED’s rider questions on the school-to-work transition aims to provide data support on the challenge to shorten the school-to-work transition and raise youth employment rate. The UN Women’s rider questions aims to collect data on the gendered impacts or consequences of COVID-19.

In line with this, the PSA encourages everyone, especially the sample households, to support and cooperate in the conduct of the January 2021 LFS. The data collection will start on January 8 to 31, 2021.

All information collected by the hired Statistical Researchers from the sample households shall be kept strictly confidential and shall not be used for purposes of taxation, investigation or regulation as provided under Article 55 of Republic Aact 10625. (PSA Caraga/PIA Caraga)