BRGY MALAGOS, BAGUIO DISTRICT, DAVAO CITY – 3rd Infantry (Regardless of What) Battalion, 7th Infantry (KAUGNAY) Battalion, Philippine Army headed by LTC OSCAR P PARTUZA INF (GSC) PA together with the OVU-Manuvu Council of Elders and Tribal Leaders headed by Lipatuan Joel Unad, Brgy Council of Brgy Tambobong headed by Ezekiel Salandao, Line Government Agencies, Local Government Unit of Davao City and other stakeholders conducted a 3-Day Peace Building Seminar at Brgy Tambobong, Baguio District, Davao City on February 23-25, 2019.
More or less 500 residents /participants of whom 2 were former rebels, 26 Militia ng Bayan, 4 Sangay ng Partido sa Lokalidad and Underground Mass Organization Members joined the PEACE rally and declared CPP-NPA-NDF as Persona Non Grata.
The activity was successfully concluded with the collaboration of the 3rd Infantry Battalion together with the Brgy Council of Barangay Tambobong, Ovu Manuvu Council of Elders and Tribal Leaders, Line Government Agencies, Local Government Unit of Davao City and other stakeholders at Barangay Tambobong, Baguio District, Davao City. Activities include burning of CPP-NPA-NDF (CNN) flag and mass oath taking of the surrenderees, denouncing their support to CNN and pledging of their allegiance to the Government as law abiding citizens. The activity was graced by the Office of City Mayor represented by PSSUPT ANGEL SUMAGAYSAY (RET), Deputy Chief, PSSCC as Guest of Honor and Speaker.
The Peace Building Seminar is a three (3)-day activity that gives awareness on functions of LGUs and other government agencies in relation to the current security situation in the 3rd District, Davao City which ensued surrender of one (1) former rebel and two (2) firearms: one (1) Cal. 45 pistol and one (1) shotgun with ammunitions . The said surrenderee and firearms were brought to the Battalion Headquarters for custodial debriefing and initial assessment.
This initiative brought forth convergence of government services, to help address basic needs of the people most especially the primary issues being exploited by the Communist Terrorist Groups (CTGs) thru series of lectures from different agencies.
The activity further intends to show that the government is serious in helping the community maintain peace and order and encourage further development in the Davao City and in the Region as well.
LTC OSCAR P PARTUZA INF (GSC) PA, Commanding Officer of 3RD Infantry Battalion, extended his sincere gratitude to Hon. Mayor Inday Sara Duterte-Carpio and the Local Government of Davao for their untiring support to the conduct of said activity.
He also expressed his appreciation for the commitment of the Ovu-Manuvu Tribal Council of Elders and Tribal Leaders, Brgy Council of Brgy Tambobong, Line Government Agencies and most especially to the former rebels and mass supporters/sympathizers/ underground mass organization members who sacrificed their time and schedule in order to attend the 3-day seminar. “It is very clear that our brother Lumads were already enlightened and understood the danger of the deceptive propaganda of the CPP-NPA-NDF that brought hardship and atrocities in their communities and in their peace-loving tradition. Their cooperation and willingness to achieve peace and order in their community is just the start for them to grasp the real meaning of democracy and prosperity. They have already understood the importance of peace and progress for the community to prosper as is an integral part of development.
If the community is peaceful, progress will follow. It’s not only the AFP and PNP alone that must address the issue on peace, security and insurgency, it should be the whole nation where all stakeholders take part in it. Peace, Security and Development is a shared responsibility.” LTC PARTUZA added.