From the Manila Bulletin (Dec 10): Army’s Additional Forces To Boost Peace, Security At Bataan Freeport
An Army general proposed over the weekend the deployment of additional security personnel near the Freeport Area of Bataan (FAB) as he reaffirmed the Philippine Army’s commitment to maintaining lasting peace in Central Luzon, a key element of economic progress in the region. Brigadier General Gregorio Pio Catapang, commander of the Army’s 7th Infantry Division based in Palayan City, told Bataan 2nd District Rep. Abet S. Garcia to consider the deployment of Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU) personnel to augment existing security forces at the FAB.
Catapang said he believes that doing so will ensure that the establishment of an atmosphere of peace in the industrial area will be maintained through the coming years. Garcia, the principal architect of the law that converted the Bataan Economic Zone into the FAB, said he will discuss his proposal with FAB authorities and the local officials in Mariveles, headed by Mayor Jesse Concepcion, site of the freeport.....
7th ID is also beefing up efforts in guarding the ongoing construction of the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX) and the soon to commence construction of Central Luzon Link Expressway (CLLEX). The 89 kilometer-TPLEX would be linked with the existing North Luzon and Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressways to provide seamless travel to and from the Ilocos, Cordillera and Central Luzon regions.