PLACER, Surigao del Norte – Two (2) villages in Mainit town of Surigao del Norte Province declared the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) and its political wing, the National Democratic Front (NDF) as unwanted personalities and organizations or Persona Non-Grata on July 31 and August 1, 2019.
The declaration transpired during the grand pulong-pulong of barangay Mansayao on July 31 and of barangay Tagbuyawan on August 01. Said activities were headed by their respective Punong Barangays namely Hon. Peter Randy Conor of Mansayao and Hon. Jezrel Andrade of Tagbuyawan, with their Barangay Council and along with 78 former members and supporters of the Underground Mass Organizations (UGMO) of the CNTs.
Also present during said activities was Mainit mayor Hon
Crisanta O Mondano, Mainit Vice Mayor Hon Christopher Avila, the Municipal Local Government Operations Officer (MLGOO) headed by Ms. Liza Montaner, the Municipal Agrarian Reform Officer (MARO) Mr. Jose Indico and the 30th Infantry Battalion (30IB) headed by Lt. Col Jeffrey Villarosa.
During the activity, the former UGMO members and supporters also pledged their loyalty to the government and signed the wall of commitment for peace. It was also highlighted with the ceremonial burning of CPP-NPA-NDF flag which symbolizes their commitment to never again be deceived by the agitation and propaganda of the CNTs.
In her inspiring message Mayor Mondano said, “Ang atong Philippine flag, maoy simbolo sa atong demokrasiya ug tinuod nga kalinaw ug kagawasan, ang gisunog ninyu nga CPP flag nagpasabut nga inyu na gisalikway ang malinlahon nga ideolohiya sa kommunista nga maoy hinungdan sa inyung kalisud ug pagkaut-ot sa dugay nang panahon”. (The Philippine Flag is the symbol of our democracy, it is the true symbol of our democracy. The burning of CPP flag clearly shows that you repudiated the lies and deceit of the CNTs that brought poverty and hardships to our community for a long time already).
Lt. Col Jeffrey Villarosa, Commanding Officer of 30IB said, “The CNTs thrive in a community that has no unity. They will exploit small cracks of misunderstandings among members of the family, clans and neighbors and sow seeds of distrust. From a divided house the CNTs can easily propagate their agitation and propaganda, their lies and deceit. It is therefore necessary that barangay folks, led by its duly elected barangay officials, and the Local Government of Mainit, to act as one cohesive team so that CNT lies cannot again deceive any peace-loving citizen of Mainit.”
“I am happy to announce that one of the twelve clusters of the Regional Task Force to End Local Communust Armed Conflict (RTF ELCAC) CARAGA, the Poverty Reduction and Livelihood Employment Cluster (PRLEC) which is led by TESDA, with DOST, DSWD, DAR, DA, DENR, DILG, NCIP, LBP, DBP, DEPED, NICA and other National Government Agencies as members, are already busy on their toes such that much needed government services will reach Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDAs), Conflict-Affected Areas (ConAA) and Conflict-Vulnerable Areas (CVA). Mansayao and Tagbuyawan both belonged to GIDAS and ConAAs. Not so long ago, in 2014, you have witnessed a gruesome armed encounter here in your place. Mansayao and Tagbuyawan folks will be the VIP of PRLEC. The projects of this cluster will be designed such that you will directly be its recipients”, Villarosa added.