By Mike Crismundo
CAMP BANCASI, Butuan City – Local officials vowed to help the military campaign in ending the insurgency problem, this was disclosed by ground Army commander today.
In a statement sent to The Manila Bulletin, Lt. Col. Esteveyn E. Ducusin, commanding officer of the Army’s 71st Infantry (Kaibigan) Battalion said officials of the provincial government of Compostela Valley (ComVal) province led by Gov. Jayvee Tyron L. Uy, concurrent chairperson of the Southern Mindanao Regional Peace and Order Council RPOC), ComVal 2nd Distyrict Rep. Ruwel Peter S. Gonzaga and municipal mayors made their commitment when they visited the unit’s headquarters in Mawab town on Friday morning.
“Purpose of their visit is to discuss the current thrust and programs of the battalion in support to the governments’ peace and development initiatives particularly in the municipalities of Maco and Mawab all in ComVal province,” Ducusin said.
During the visit, Uy and local officials committed to rehabilitating and repairing additional transient facilities for Former Rebels (FRs) at Headquarters 71st IB to house additional FRs as the mass surrender continues.
“They are all (local officials) committed to helping the military end the insurgency problem in the region,” Ducusin said.
They (local chief executives) vowed to continue their support in achieving genuine peace in the province and the region, he said.
During the visit, Ducusin presented the 9 high-powered firearms, 4 improvised explosive dvices (IEDs) and other war paraphernalia recovered by 71st IB from the recent encounter against Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs) in Maco on June 9 and 12.
he 71st IB commander also toured the ComVal officials at the temporary shelter for Former Rebels located at Battalion Headquarters in Mawab.
The local chief executives greatly appreciated the efforts of the battalion in the conduct of internal peace and security operations that gain positive impact from the populace in its area of operations (AO).
“It symbolizes convergence of efforts between government leaders and the Army to collaborate and work together in addressing the issues and concerns of the people primarily those who are easily exploited by the CNTs,” Ducusin said.
It makes the people realize that the government is sincere in performing their responsibilities and duties to the community. With renewed determination and commitment, we can simply gain the peace that we are all longing for and make our place ready for development and progress,” he added.