Saturday, June 27, 2020

Claveria town:From NPA infested to tourist site

From the Philippine Information Agency (Jun 27, 2020): Claveria town:From NPA infested to tourist site (By Jasper Marie O. Rucat)

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Claveria town Mayor Meraluna S. Abrogar talks on the journey of her town from being insurgency lair to now being one of the leading tourist attractions in region 10. (JMORucat/PIA10)

MISAMIS ORIENTAL, June 26 (PIA) - Claveria town Mayor Meraluna S. Abrogar shares that in the 80s her municipality had been notorious for communist insurgency, but now the town has been slowly coming out as a tourist destination in Misamis Oriental.

In a recent press conference at the 58th Infantry Battalion here which was attended by three former NPA rebels, Mayor Abrogar could not hide her elation over the return of those who had gone to the mountains to folds of the law after realizing that they were just being deceived.

She called out the three surrenders saying, “Hinaut nga malipayon mo og wala moy pagbasul sa inyong gihimo nga desisyon kay daku nga desisyon ang inyong pagbalik sa sabakan sa balaod (I hope you are happy and you don’t have any regret with your decision because returning to the folds of the law is one big decision).”

She expressed her gratitude to the military [for the surrender of former rebels], as she cited the achievements and accomplishmentsof the present administration especially in crafting the anti-terror bill which she strongly supports.

“Isa ako sa nag support kay ang Claveria kamolong ga develop sa tourism. Kung mu-ingon tag turismo dili ni ma-develop kung naa pa ta igsoon sa bukid kau usa sila nga kahadlokan sa atong mga turista og sa atong mga investor, mga negosyante,” she said.

(I am one of those who support this bill because Claveria is developing its tourism right now. If we talk about tourism, this cannot be developed if we still have brothers and sisters in the mountains because they are among those feared by tourists, investors and businessmen.)

Meanwhile, she said, two months ago a number of barangays in the area have been cleared from insurgency, namely, Pelaez, Lanise, Mat-i and Milalwang. These have been declared insurgency free, she reported.

Roads have been opened as well from Villanueva to Gingoog wherein any motorists can travel at any hour of given day. This is attributed to the peace situation in the area, she stressed.

Claveria continues to support the army with a yearly allocation for former rebels and for various activities conducted by the army to attain peace and order.

Some of the programs extended to the former rebels are cash for work, Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged / Displaced Workers (TUPAD) from Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and other livelihood assitance. The rebels also receive rice from the municipal government each month.

She shared, she could not explain her joy about the recent developments in her area as the three NPA communist rebels surrendered at the 58th Infantry Battalion based in her town.(JMORucat/PIA10)

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