Placer, Surigao del Norte – With a strong advocacy for peace and development, the Municipality of Gigaquit, Surigao del Norte has launched its Municipal Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (MTF-ELCAC) last Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at Sitio Tiltilan, Brgy Mahanub, Gigaquit, Surigao del Norte.
Gigaquit TF-ELCAC was institutionalized through a joint Resolution No.1, s. 2019 on September 30, 2019 of the Municipal Development Council (MDC) and Municipal Peace and Order Council (MPOC).
The launching is a manifestation of Team Gigaquit’s support to Executive Order 70. This collective desire to embrace peace was put into action through the signing of the Pledge of Commitment by the Gigaquit TF-ELCAC members, partners and other stakeholders.
Present during the launching were Hon. Chandru "Bobet" Bonite, Gigaquit Municipal Mayor as well as the chairperson of the MTF ELCAC, Vice Mayor Jennifer Pearl “Pem” Bonite, Kagawads from Barangay Mahanub headed by Hon. Julito Go represented by Hon John Vincent Go, Kagawad of Brgy Mahanub, Ms Emalyn J Yamito, Senior Business Councilor, DTI, Mr Roland E Mira, MHO-Gigaquit, Ms Marcelina Dulpina, CDO-III of NCIP, Ms Remelinda C Alac, MPO Designate, Ms Aiglenn T Molina, MSWDO, Mr Guillermo M Lipio Jr, Chief Statistical Specialists, PSA-SDN, Mr Roel Paniza, Comrel Manager-Taganito Mining Corp, other partners and stakeholders, and the Gigaquit town folks.
The highlight of the activity was the “Serbisyo Caravan”, a “Government on wheels” Program of Mayor Chandru where the community received different government services such as – medical consultation and treatment by the RHU personnel, Libreng Gupit, Merry Making Performance of Mascots with "Mickey mouse and Santa Claus", and distribution of buntis kit, slippers and seedlings by the Municipal Agriculture Office (MAO) , Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO) and LGU-Gigaquit department heads of Surigao del Norte.
In his message, Mayor Chandru challenged his constituents to reject outright the CNTs and its alied left-leaning organizations in order to move forward in one direction particularly in ending the local communist armed conflict in order to attain a long and lasting peace in Gigaquit.
Lt. Col. Jeffrey A Villarosa, Commanding Officer of 30th Infantry Battalion (30IB) congratulated Team Gigaquit for having launched its TF-ELCAC. He also stated that having the TF ELCAC launched at Sitio Tiltilan is symbolic in our clam that Tiltilan is under "government control," as it has always been. "We must remember that last 20 December 2017, Reynaldo Leyson aka Edroy/Pedyo and NPA elements of Guerilla Front 16 used Sitio Tiltilan in their propaganda and usurped authority and control over the place. Today, the peace-loving residents of the predominantly Mamanwa residents of Sitios Tiltilan, Palilihan, Puhagan and Puyawon, all of Barangay Mahanub, together with the local government of Gigaquit, the National Line Agencies, and all our partners for peace, stake our claim not just over Sitio Tiltilan and the other Sitios of Barangay Mahanub, but on all of the municipality of Gigaquit.
" This claim was earlier inked by the Barangay LGU of Mahanub in its Resolution nbr 22 series of 2019 on 05 August 2019 where they declared the group of Reynaldo Leyson as Persona Non Grata.
“You must also reclaim your brothers, sisters and community members who are deceived into joining as regular NPA members. Let us help them go back to the folds of the law before it is too late for them. Our government will always welcome them back and they will be given another opportunity to live normal lives. They will be given the full benefits of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program or ECLIP. ” Lt. Col. Villarosa added.
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