The 5th Infantry Division, Philippine Army’s 502nd Brigade based in Echague town led a peace and development rally Wednesday in this town.
The activity was attended by provincial officials led by Governor Faustino G. Dy III, the Isabela Police Provincial Office (IPPO) led by P/Supt. Sotero Ramos Jr., the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), municipal officials and employees of San Agustin, elementary and high school students of the town.
502nd Deputy Brigade Commander Col. Edgar Labitoria said the theme of the peace and development rally was “Nagkakaisang hakbang para sa Bayan na Kaayaaya at Payapa.”
Col. Labitoria said the activity aimed to encourage everyone to promote peace in the province that will push for more development.
The army official also called on the residents to promote "bayanihan" and help the law enforcers to encourage the armed rebels to return to the mainstream society and live a normal life.
The government, through the Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP), is extending help to the surrendering rebels to start a new life by providing livelihood assistance fund.
For his part, Gov. Dy urged the active participation of barangay officials in maintaining peace and order in their respective areas to help the government push for development programs and projects.
Dy cited the vital role of village officials being the frontline service providers, who know the needed services in their areas.