From the Philippine Information Agency (Nov 11): Misamis Occidental declared conflict-manageable, development-ready province
Misamis Occidental Governor Herminia Ramiro, 1st Infantry Tabak Division Commander BGen. Gerardo F. Barrientos Jr. and P/Chief Superintendent Isagani Francisco Genabe Jr. have jointly declared Misamis Occidental a conflict-manageable and development-ready (CMDR) province during the 1st Congress of Mindanao Liga ng mga Barangay (LnB) presidents held at Provincial Farmers Cultural and Training Center, Capitol Compound in this city last Friday.
The joint declaration, which was read by Atty. Ricardo Lumantas, affirmed that security situation of the province was considered CMDR after the insurgency problem in the area dwindled in the past years.
The Integrated Territorial Defense System (IPDS) and Integrated Area/ Community Public Safety System (IA/CPSS) have also been established in the province to preserve the gains of the 1st ID, PA in its Internal Peace and Security Plan (Bayanihan campaign) with the strong support of the Philippine National Police (PNP).
To sustain these gains, the parties have also agreed to mutually cooperate and support each other.
In a related development, Governor Ramiro said the provincial government takes the lead role in Internal Peace and Security efforts through the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) with the AFP and PNP ensuring the safety and wellbeing of the people in the area.
Having been declared a CMDR province, Ramiro expressed optimism that more investors will soon come to the province, thereby creating jobs for the unemployed. She also believed that the province’s tourism industry would also grow.
The signing ceremony was witnessed by Senator Teofisto Guingona III, National Barangay Operations Office Director Leocadio Tubera, BGen. Apolinario Y. Alobba of the 101 Infantry Brigade, LnB National President Edmund Abesames, LnB-Misamis Occidental President Gerard Hilarion M. Ramiro, Vice Governor Virginia Almonte and others.