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Red Cross, Army delivers food packs for COVID-19 frontliners in Agusan Sur

April 1, 2020

Bayugan City , Agusan del Sur – The Philippine Red Cross Agusan del Sur Chapter and the 3rd Special Forces “Arrowhead” Battalion (3SFBn) team up in providing additional food packs for COVID-19 frontliners in selected barangays of the municipality of Prosperidad and Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur from March 31 until today, April 01. The frontliners include uniformed personnel, barangay health workers, city and municipal health staffs, and volunteer barangay personnel from the respective LGUs who work 24/7 to implement appropriate quarantine control measures and protocols to maintain a COVID-19- free Agusan Del Sur. “As of March 25, CARAGA is the lone region in Mindanao that has zero COVID-19 case based on earlier reports. Our frontliners are the respective LGUs’ workforce that greatly contributes to this and we want to keep their morale high by sharing what we can offer no matter how small it is, “Lieutenant Colonel Joey B Baybayan INF (GSC) PA, Commanding Officer, said. “Being frontliners is not something new to us in the military and law enforcement service that is why we know what it feels. This is one of our ways of thanking our fellow frontliners and other fellow implementers of the IATF-MEID taskforce in our area of responsibility, “LTC Baybayan, added. The Army extends its gratitude to the Philippine Red Cross and encourages other private institutions promote and ignite the spirit of Bayanihan by providing any available outreach services such as the donation of personal protective equipment (PPEs) and providing basic needs especially for the needy. Meanwhile, despite declaration of ceasefire or the suspension of military operations against the communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs), there will never be a ceasefire in delivering basic and social services and in enforcing the law along with the PNP to keep the peace and order especially now that the nation is in a crucial time because of the pandemic. “This is our “Solusyong Militar para sa proteksyon at seguridad ng mga frontliners at mga kababayan”. After all this is an “inter-agency” Task Force and we have to do our part, “LTC Baybayan, ended.

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Army says CPP-NPA Disintegrates in NorMin, Caraga

April 1, 2020

CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City — The terrorist group Communist Party of the Philippines- New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) is disintegrating and nearing collapse in Northern Mindanao and Caraga regions. This was announced by Maj. Gen. Franco Nemesio Gacal, the Commander of the Philippine Army’s 4th Infantry Division following its 1st quarter campaign review and assessment held at Camp Evangelista in Cagayan de Oro City. Gacal said the CPP-NPA which is listed internationally as a terrorist organization, is on a continuous decline and on the brink of collapse after suffering massive debacles in 2019 and during the 1st quarter of 2020. Gacal who also serves as Chairperson of the Regional Task Force to End the Local Communist Armed Conflict- Technical Working Group (RTFTWG) in Region 10, and Vice-Chairperson of RTF-TWG in Region 13 said the decline is largely due to the national government’s implementation of the Whole-of-Nation Approach (WNA) to end the local communist armed conflict. He claimed that the peace and development campaigns being pursued in the two regions significantly contributed to the reduction of manpower, firearms and affected barangays of the CPP- NPA. Dwindling members Gacal said the focused and sustained military operations, and law enforcement support operations launched by combined government forces resulted in the killing of 51 armed NPA terrorists and the capture of 54 others. He said the capability of the terror group to conduct violent  activities was also reduced with the capture of 732 firearms and assorted war paraphernalia including IHL- banned anti-personnel mines and improvised explosive devices. Army and police units also overran 225 mountain hideouts which were reportedly used for manufacturing IEDs, and as training grounds for new NPA recruits. Massive surrender The local government unit-backed Community Support Programs (CSP) implemented by various units of the 4ID in poor, marginalized, conflictaffected and conflict vulnerable communities resulted in the surrender 6,787 regular members and supporters of the NPA including Milisya ng Bayan (local militias), Sangay ng Partido sa Lokalidad (Local Party Branch) and Underground Mass Organization members in the two regions. The said program serves as a link of the local populace with the local government units and agencies, and aims to enhance the delivery of basic services to the people. Community Support Teams of 4ID have teamed up with their counterparts from local PNP offices in identifying and facilitating the resolution of primary issues affecting communities through community participation and enhanced stakeholder convergence. Gacal said concerned government agencies including the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD),and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) are actively facilitating the enrollment of the surrenderees in the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) of the national government. E-CLIP offers livelihood and financial assistance to former rebels to facilitate their re-integration to the mainstream society. NPA’s 51 years of violence Meanwhile, the NPA has marked its 51 years of existence with a new wave of terror after killing two elderly and innocent tribespeople at Sitio Inadan, Brgy Magroyong, San Miguel, Surigao del Sur last March 19, 2020. Several armed NPAs hacked to death Manobo Tribal Chieftain Hawudon Bernardino Astudillo, 73, and Zaldy Iba┼łez, 52. The killings were since denounced by various sectors, tribal group leaders and local chief executives. Curiously, the self-proclaimed human rights group Karapatan and other progressive groups have remained mum about the killings. Gacal also slammed the terrorist group for the gruesome murder which was perpetrated while the entire nation is scrambling to fight against  COVID-19. “This incident is yet another proof of the true color and character of the CPP-NPA-NDF over the last five decades. They have nothing to show for but a trail of violence and blood on their hands. That is their 51-year legacy: violence and human rights abuses against our very own people”, he said. However, Gacal said he is optimistic that peace and development is already within reach in the two regions especially with the implementation of Convergence Areas for Peace and Development (CAPDev) Program, and Peace and Development Zones (PDZ) in Northern Mindanao and Caraga respectively. These initiatives aim to address the root causes of insurgency through focused, coordinated and enhanced delivery of socioeconomic development programs and projects in conflict- affected and conflict vulnerable areas. “We are on the right track in winning the peace and promoting development in the two regions. Let us press on the fight and end the local communist armed conflict now”, he added.  

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Amidst CoViD19, 26IB strictly promotes social distancing

March 31, 2020

In compliance to the directive from the national government on the precautionary measures in fighting the CoViD19 including the observance of social distancing, the 26th Infantry "Ever Onward" Battalion temporarily enclosed the basketball ring of the camp in order to prevent any violation to social distancing. Lt Col Romeo C Jimenea, commanding officer of 26IB said in a statement, "The military are strictly implementing this order from our President. As frontliners, we must set as an example to others for them to resemble our good deeds and strict observation to the said protocols. Prevention is always better than cure". "We continue to remind our troops to be extra vigilant and to stay alert for any eventuality that may arise in our area of operations. Likewise, I am encouraging our troops to always keep in touch with their families and loved ones thru cellphones, to check and clean their individual equipment and ammos, repair their bunks, read books, magazines or any readable materials from the internet to serve as temporary recreational activities while inside the camp, and also reminding them to still be physically active. Performing push ups, sit ups, pull ups or individual run inside the camp are of great help", Lt Col Jimenea added. #AFPYouCanTrust #LagingHanda #KontraCoViD19

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Army provide light meals to Covid-19 Checkpoint frontliners in Surigao Sur

March 30, 2020

BISLIG CITY, Surigao del Sur-Camp Jaime N Ferrer Sr., Brgy Maharlika, Bislig City (Stn) – The 75th Infantry "Marauder" Battalion led by Lieutenant Colonel Warren C Munda, Commanding Officer, together with the Marauder troopers gave snacks to COVID-19 checkpoints frontliners within the 75IB's Area of Responsibility (AOR) in Surigao del Sur on March 25, 2020.             Mostly, our frontliners were up for numerous hours in performing their tasks in ensuring the health and safety of the public and community to prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). With appreciation to our frontliners, the Marauder troopers prepared Four Hundred Thirty (430) pieces of sandwiches, drinks and distributed it to all COVID-19 checkpoints frontliners.             In this time of crisis where COVID-19 gone pandemic and created fear worldwide, still, our frontliners have sincerely performed their tasks in protecting the people's health, safety, and well-being. Frontliners were soaked under the sun, uncertain of the situation that they may likewise get infected due to their everyday tasks outside their homes to serve the people and community.             Further, the Philippine Army is not only tasked to defend the land, but soldiers have become instrumental and dedicated with a heart to serve as COVID-19 checkpoint frontliners.             Thus, Lt. Col. Munda expressed his deep appreciation and care to all the frontliners. “Together, we will assist and support our Local Government Units (LGUs), especially in times like this. Always observed precautionary measures; take your vitamins; eat healthily; have faith; be still, and one day we'll contain this COVID-19 outbreak." Lt. Col. Munda stated.             A little act of kindness will produce a happy heart that is sincere to perform their duty day-by-day. With discipline, cooperation, and support from each of us, the country will successfully contain this COVID-19.

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Army in Caraga Commemorates Philippine Army's 123rd Founding Anniversary

March 26, 2020

Bancasi, Butuan City – The 402nd Infantry (Stingers) Brigade commemorated the 123rd Founding Anniversary of the Philippine Army (PA) on March 23, 2020, at Headquarters 402nd Infantry (Stingers) Brigade, Brgy Bancasi, Butuan City.    The Brigade under the leadership of Brigadier General Maurito L Licudine led the commemoration of the Philippine Army's 123rd Founding Anniversary through the conduct of a simultaneous flag-raising ceremony together with its OPCON units.  Amidst the challenges of the unseen threat of COVID-19 in the country, once again, the Philippine Army as a reliable and dependable partner of the people has been put to the test on its dynamic role to assist and support the civilian agencies in preventing the spread of the pandemic virus that plagued not only the Philippines but the whole world.     The simultaneous flag-raising was done following the protocol of social distancing which was led by Brigadier General Licudine highlighting the reading of the message of the Commanding General of the Philippine Army, Lieutenant General Gilbert I Gapay AFP.     In his message, General Gapay underscores the milestones of the Philippine Army for the past 123 years of gallantry and dedication in serving our people and securing our land and as a staunch guardian of peace, a vital partner in nation-building and the single largest force provider of the Armed Forces of the Philippines standing proud at one hundred thousand strong.  In Filipino language, He said, “Habang ipinagdiriwang natin ang ating anibersaryo, ang ating kasundaluhan ay buong giting na babantayan ang kaligtasan ng sambayanang Pilipino mula sa salot na COVID-19. Kakaiba ito sa ating mga tradisyunal na kalaban sapagkat hindi ito tao ngunit labis na mapamuksa. Mananatili tayong matatag sa pagtupad ng ating sinumpaang tungkulin – ang pagsilbihan at protektahan ang mga mamamayan at ating bayan kahit buhay man ang kapalit”. Meanwhile, Brigadier General Licudine in his statement said that the Stinger Troopers under his leadership will perform its mandate and continue being catalysts of peace. “402nd Brigade will continuously serve and protect the people as we pursue our quest for professionalism among our ranks. We call on our peace-loving citizens to support your troops in its peaceful war effort through the Peace and 4TH INF DIV By 2028, a world-class Army that is a source of national pride. Honor. Patriotism. Duty. Development Zone (PDZ) program here in Caraga spearheaded by the Task Force ELCAC in order to attain just and peaceful environment for inclusive development”.

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Army, LGU ensures public welfare, conducts checkpoint amidst Covid-19 outbreak in SurSur and AgSur

March 26, 2020

BISLIG CITY, Surigao del Sur-Camp Jaime N Ferrer Sr, Brgy Maharlika, Bislig City (Stn) – The 75th Infantry ‘Marauder” Battalion in partnership with the Local Government Units (LGUs) of Surigao del Sur and Agusan del Sur conducted checkpoint operation in all entrances and exit within the 75IB's Area of Responsibility (AOR) to ensure people's safety and preventive measures amidst Covid-19 outbreak.             In line with the Presidential Proclamation Number 922, series of 2020, declaring a State of Public emergency throughout the Philippines and as a precautionary measure to ensure public safety against Corona Virus Diseased (COVID-19). The Marauder troopers implemented the measures and protocols per memorandum published by respected LGUs in AOR until after the Public Health Emergency is lifted or withdrawn.           Moreover, the Province of Surigao del Sur will be quarantined to enforce the community that will take effect at 8:00 o clock in the evening of March 20, 2020 until revoked or lifted in order to protect the people within the Province from the fatal effects of Covid-19. The provincial government imposed tougher measures in conformity with the directives and guidelines in the implementation of preventive community quarantine from the national government.           In connection with the Presidential Proclamation No. 922 series of 2020, the LGU of every municipality within the 75IB’s AOR fully implemented its policy and guidelines in order to prevent the spread of the virus in their locality.           In his statement, Lieutenant Colonel Warren C Munda, Commanding Officer of 75IB said. "Our Medical Health Practitioners cannot do it alone in the widespread prevention of this disease. Knowing that your Philippine Army is for peace, therefore, we are also for the safety and welfare of everyone in fighting against this dreaded disease."           The Philippine Army's pursuit of peace will not be hampered by this Covid-19 outbreak. Cooperation, discipline and by simply following the policy will contribute to the successful prevention of disease outbreak in the country.         

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