Friday, July 5, 2013

Army Says: Where Road Ends, Insurgency Begins

From the Negros Daily Bulletin (Jul 5): Army Says: Where Road Ends, Insurgency Begins

Residents of Brgy. Bandila, and neighboring Barangays in Toboso, avail of free medical check up during the marching for peace activity.* (EBColmo)

Insurgency is so infectious, it easily spreads if people have issues to raise. No matter how the government programs are projected if people are economically handicapped and infrastructures particularly road network is lacking, people are misled by the insurgents.

Thus, the launching of "marching for peace" activities in the 5 barangays of the first district in Northern Negros Occidental, which are identified as conflict areas.

This is a 15-day multi-sector activities involving the stakeholders, local government units and various agencies of the government. It started July 1 at Brgy. Paitan, Escalante City.

The second leg yesterday was at Brgy. Bandila, Toboso, Negros Occidental. Other areas of these activities are: Brgys. Pinapogasan, and Malasibog in Escalante City; Brgy. Bug-ang, Toboso, and Brgy. Malatas, Calatrava.

The wholistic activities bring integrated services to the beyond reach areas, anchored by 303rd Infantry Brigade, Philippine Army led by Col. Jon Aying, commanding officer, and Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr.

Marching for peace focuses in the 5 barangays identified as conflict areas. Services rendered include land assessment by the assessor’s office, medical/dental services by 303rd Brigade and rural health unit; farm seeds distribution with the Department of Agriculture, free haircut and circumcision from the army.

And rural health units, DEPED as venue of the acitivities, and the Art Association of Bacolod guided the pupils and other folks in drawing and color it.

The people were happy of the presence of local officials led by Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr, Board member Rolando Ponsica, Toboso Mayor Richard Jaojoco, and barangay officials of Brgy. Bandila.

They personally requested Gov. Marañon to improve their road because it is difficult for them to transport their farm produce to the market.

BM Ponsica, as chair of the committee on public works in the SP said, he will confer with the provincial engineer, and have possible tie up with the Engineering battalion of the army, and join forces with the municipality, and request Gov. Marañon to give special allocation for the road projects in the barangay. He targets that the start of the project is not later than September this year. We have to do it soon to alleviate their plight. Marching for peace is not only medical mission, but it is internalizing the difficulties in the way of life of people in the barangay where road network is of great demand.

Col. Aying reported that few of their accomplishments in Brgy Paitan, Escalante for the first leg of Marching for peace activity, was the improvement of perimeter wall of the public school that hosted the activity.

Mediamen who covered the activities were transported to and from Brgy. Bandila by two helicopter units of the Philippine Air Force under LtC Jose BF Calub, commander of Tactical Operations Group 6 for Western Visayas, piloted by Capt. Michael Dimaculangan, Lt. Erwin Bergonio, Lt. Christopher Ian Dufalco, and Lt. Richard de Castro.

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