IPIL, Zamboanga Sibugay – Joint elements of the Philippine Army’s 44th Infantry Battalion and Philippine National Police Provincial Office of Zamboanga Sibugay, are intensifying the Community Support Program (CSP) in order to bring peace and development in the hinterland barangays of Zamboanga Sibugay.
Through a send off ceremony here Monday June 17, 2019, the CSP teams will be deployed in the conflict-affected barangays in the municipalities of Kabasalan, Siay & Diplahan, all under the operational jurisdiction of 44IB.
Ltc Don Templonuevo, commanding officer of 44IB, said “We encourage various local government units (LGUs) of Zamboanga Sibugay to maintain and preserve their communities from being exploited by the communist terrorist group (CTG), and civilian stakeholders to support the government programs especially in the far flung communities.”
Hon Wilter Y Palma, Governor of Zamboanga Sibugay who led the send-off ceremony, said that “I assure the support of the province to the CSP teams that will be deployed in our province and we will work hand in hand to end this local communist armed conflict.”
The CSP deployment is in line with the Development Support and Security Plan “KAPAYAPAAN” of the Armed Forces of the Philippines to conduct Development Support Operations, to sustain the peace, ensure security and help maintain public order to foster the foundation for economic and human development.
Meanwhile, Brig. General Bagnus Gaerlan, Jr., commander of 102nd Infantry Brigade, thanked the local government unit, non-government organizations and other stakeholders of Zamboanga Sibugay for their trust and support to the CSP teams.
“The deployment of CSP team is one way of making the government closer to the people particularly in those areas where government services seldom reach or even cannot be felt by our people,” said Gaerlan.
For his part, Major General Roberto Ancan, commander of the 1st Infantry Division, directed the troops to strictly adhere to the provisions of International Humanitarian Law, respect Human Rights and follow the Rule of Law as they bring peace and development in the communities.