By Mike U. Crismundo
Camp Bancasi, Butuan City — An Philippine Army commander in Mindanao is confident that peace and stability will be achieved before the end of the year in northeastern and northern Mindanao.
Maj. Gen. Benjamin R. Madrigal, Jr., commanding general of the Philippine Army’s Northeastern and Northern Mindanao 4th Infantry (Diamond) Division (4th ID), the largest combat maneuvering division in Mindanao is optimistic that with their continued collaboration with the civil authorities and all sectors, especially the local government units, they will be able to achieve their mission and secure their area of responsibility (AOR) from all forms of threats before the year ends.
The AOR of the 4th ID covers the provinces of Agusan, Surigao, Dinagat, Misamis, Bukidnon and Camiguin.
The 4th ID chief said that their efforts in maintaining the people’s trust and confidence brings the government closer to the communities, especially their peace and development programs through “Bayanihan” effort.
He said the 4th ID’s collaboration effort resulted in the declaration of 142 villages, out of 200 target villages in 4th ID AOR, sustainable and ready for further development.
“This means that obstacles to attaining a peaceful environment have been degraded, particularly the insurgency problem, criminality and proliferation of illegal drugs that have affected almost all levels of our society,” Madrigal said.
The region’s top area commander is optimistic that with their continued collaboration with the civil authorities they will be able to achieve their mission and secure their AOR from all forms of threats.
The 4th ID has so far supported 406 operations with law enforcement agencies focused on the campaign against illegal drugs.
In their all-out support to the current administration’s all-out drive against illegal drugs, the 4th ID operations have so far uprooted and confiscated 96,100 fully grown marijuana plants and seized 848 grams of shabu with an estimated value amounting to P28 million, Madrigal said.
Arrested to date are 11 drug personalities while 562 drug dependents and pushers voluntarily submitted themselves to authorities, he said.