From the Philippine News Agency (Jun 29, 2020): TF-ELCAC, 1ID launch 3 dev’t projects in Misamis Occidental (By Teofilo Garcia, Jr.)
DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS. Rep. Henry Oaminal of the second district of Misamis Occidental; Maj. Gen. Generoso Ponio, commander of the 1st Infantry Division; and Brig. Gen. Anthony Cacayuran, commander of the 54th Engineer Brigade; led the groundbreaking ceremony on Sunday (June 28, 2020), signaling the start of three development projects in three Misamis Occidental towns. The Army's engineering brigade has been tapped to undertake the three projects. (Photo courtesy of 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Office)
ZAMBOANGA CITY--Misamis Occidental's Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (TF-ELCAC) has tapped military engineers to undertake three road construction projects in three towns in the province.
The projects to be implemented are the road opening and construction consisting of the 3.5-kilometer road from Barangay Bernad to Barangay Penacio in Clarin town; the two-kilometer road from Sitio Tonggo, Barangay Namut, Tudela town to Barangay San Lorenzo, Sinacaban; and the 2.5-kilometer between Barangay Mitugas and Barangay Gala also in the municipality of Tudela.
Brig. Gen. Anthony Cacayuran, commander of the Army's 54th Engineer Brigade, expressed gratitude to the municipal governments of Clarin, Sinacaban, and Tudela for entrusting the unit to implement the projects.
“We would like to thank the three local government units for the trust and the partnership in these projects that will help the people in so many ways,” Cacayuran said.
For his part, Maj. Gen. Generoso Ponio, commander of the 1st Infantry Division (ID), committed that his command will support the local government units in its peace and developmental efforts.
“We will help our local government units in ensuring that developmental projects will be implemented in the priority areas,” Ponio said.
Congressman Henry Oaminal, of Misamis Occidental’s second district, also thanked the local chief executives for effective management against the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) aside from the campaign to end local communist armed conflict in the province.
“The Covid-19 crisis will remain a serious threat not only in the country but also to the world, however, it does not mean that our peace and development efforts should be put on hold,” Oaminal said.
He pledged to allocate PHP100,000 to be given to a communist New People’s Army (NPA) member who will surrender to the TF-ELCAC.
Oaminal and Ponio led the groundbreaking of the three projects on Sunday (June 28, 2020), which was followed by a tree-planting activity.