From the Philippine Information Agency (Apr 27): Army declares area in Negros Oriental "insurgent-free, development ready"
The Philippine Army’s 302nd Brigade in Negros Oriental has recently declared some of the barangays of Zamboanguita, Siaton and Canlaon City as “insurgent-free and development-ready” after the signing of the area clearing evaluation report of the local government units (LGUs), Philippine National Police (PNP) and Philippine Army.
Capt. Cresencio Gargar, information officer of the 302nd brigade said barangays Bayog and Lumapao of Canlaon City; Mayabon and Calango of Zamboanguita town and Tayak in Siaton town are now “insurgent-free.”
“This is contrary to the NPAs claims that they’re gaining influence, especially in the hinterlands of Negros Island,” said Capt. Gargar.
The army identified those barangays as previously victims of extortion and liquidation activities of the Communist Party of the Philippines/New People’s Army (CPP/NPA’s).
Gargar said this group has consistently taking up measures to hinder government’s development efforts. But the active support of the LGUs towards the Bayanihan Teams deployed in these barangays brings a positive impact to the community, added Gargar.
He further said that more barangays in Negros Oriental will be declared insurgent-free as the military continues its operations in the hinterlands of the province.
“We are optimistic that the province would eventually be free from insurgency later this year and thus will attract more investors and businesses,” the army official said.
It is noted that the army’s 302nd Brigade has zero human rights violation.
During the recent visit of Maj. Gen. Roy Deveraturda, Commander of the AFP’s Central Command, he lauded the successful Internal Peace and Security Operations (IPSO) and the zero human rights violation of the Brigade in its area of responsibility.
“We will continue to perform our mandate in protecting the Filipino people with utmost respect to Human Rights and strict adherence to the rule of Law,” said Deveraturda.
Meanwhile, Col. Francisco M. Patrimonio, Brigade Commander said that the unit will perform its best to maintain what the brigade have achieved and will maintain the tradition of excellence and discipline.
Other groups joining the tournament include the Moro National Liberation Front, media practitioners, and Sarangani provincial employees. The MILF delegates were sent by Malapatan Political Committee.
The event, which was integrated to the 4th Provincial Musabaqa (Madaris Intramurals), was held at the Provincial Gymnasium, Capitol Ground, Alabel, Sarangani Province from April 23-25, 2013 and hosted by the Provincial Government of Sarangani through the Kalinaw Sarangani Unit with the support of the IMT, LMT, and private partners.
During the opening program, Sarangani Governor Miguel Rene A. Dominguez said the friendship tournament is historic and cited “we can say that the symbol of peace and unity springs from our province.”
The governor, which will complete his three term of office by June this year, thanked the Asatidz (Madaris teachers) and parents pupils for the successful operation of Madaris education.
IMT-Malaysian Contingent Col Syed Islam Bin Shahajalam, IMT Team Site 4 Leader, related the objectives of the international peace monitors to the GPH-MILF Peace Process and urged the audience to support the peace process
Raja Muda Alimudin Hassan, head of the Sugoda Buayan Royal House urged the Madaris pupils and the Muslim constituents of the province to maintain good character for it could be their weapon.
In his message read by National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) Field Director Guialil Kanda, NCMF Secretary Mehol Sadain, expressed his appreciation to the event and also urged the Muslim constituents of Sarangani to uphold unity and cooperation.
Under-Secretary Nabil Tan, Head, Mindanao Coordinating Office from the Office of the Secretary, said Sarangani has set a good example showcasing cooperation and how the people work together towards peace and development.
“We hope that the nurturing of the peace climate will continue after the signing of the GPH-MILF Peace Agreement,” Tan said and he is optimistic that “there will be final closure to the peace problem in southern Philippines.”
Madaris pupils coming from six coastal towns of Sarangani join the athletic, ball games and literary competitions.
The Madaris teachers and parents also gave their best to showcase their Moro dresses, traditional Moro foods, and Moro decors in the Moro Cottage competition.
Malapatan was the over-all champion in the Musabaqa, followed by Maitum as 1st Runner-up and Glan, 2nd Runner-up.
The IMT/LMT Team bagged the championship in the OlymPeace, the MILF Team was the 1st Runner-up and the PNP Team 2nd Runner-up.
The delegations coming from the six coastal towns of Sarangani Province numbered close to two thousand.
Sponsors include Dole Philippines, Dadiangas Halal Catering and Sagittarius Mines Inc.