From the Philippine Information Agency (Jun 18, 2019): AFP, PNP intensify Community Support Program in Zamboanga Sibugay
IPIL, Zamboanga Sibugay - To bring peace and development in the hinterland barangays of Zamboanga Sibugay, joint elements of the Philippine Army’s 44th Infantry Battalion and Philippine National Police Provincial Office have intensified their Community Support Program (CSP).
Through a send off ceremony here Monday, June 17, the CSP teams were deployed in the conflict-affected barangays in the municipalities of Kabasalan, Siay & Diplahan, all under the operational jurisdiction of the 44th Infantry “Agile N’ Stable” Battalion based in Imelda, Zamboanga Sibugay.
“We encourage various local government units (LGUs) of Zamboanga Sibugay to maintain and preserve their communities from being exploited by the communist terrorist group (CTG), and civilian stakeholders to support the government programs especially in the far flung communities,” LTC Don Templonuevo, commanding officer of the 44th IB said.
Governor Wilter Y Palma, who led the send-off ceremony said, “I assure the support of the provincial government to the CSP teams that will be deployed in our province and we will work hand in hand to end this local communist armed conflict.”
The CSP deployment is in line with the Development Support and Security Plan “KAPAYAPAAN” of the Armed Forces of the Philippines to conduct Development Support Operations, to sustain the peace, ensure security and help maintain public order to foster the foundation for economic and human development.
Meanwhile, Brig. General Bagnus Gaerlan, Jr., commander of the 102nd Infantry “IGSOON” Brigade, expressed his gratitude to the local government unit, non-government organizations and other stakeholders of Zamboanga Sibugay for their trust and support to the CSP teams.
“The deployment of CSP team is one way of making the government closer to the people, particularly in those areas where government services seldom reach or even cannot be felt by our people,” said Gaerlan.
For his part, Major General Roberto Ancan, Commander of the 1st Infantry “TABAK” Division, directed the troops to strictly adhere to the provisions of International Humanitarian Law, respect Human Rights and follow the Rule of Law as they bring peace and development in the communities. (ALT-PIA9/Zamboanga Sibugay/1ID Press Release)