BUENAVISTA, Agusan del Norte – Joint efforts of the 23rd Infantry “Masigasig” Battalion, the local government unit (LGU) of Las Nieves and the team members from the Retooled Community Support Program (RCSP) delivered basic services to more than six hundred (600) households in Barangay Casiklan, Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte on Tuesday, September 15, 2020.
Las Nieves Vice-Mayor Larry Bautista who represented Mayor Avelina S. Rosales led the RCSP team during the activity with the support of the Municipal Social Welfare and Development (MSWD), the Municipal Health Office (MHO) and the members of the Municipal Peace and Order Council (MPOC) in the area.
The RCSP team plays a vital role in the peace and development efforts of the government to communities particularly in Barangay Casiklan, one of the identified conflict-affected areas in Las Nieves but was recently declared as a cleared area by the Army. Through the RCSP, the needs and the situation of the local populace in Casiklan is directly bridged to the LGU and the national government agencies. The RCSP also strengthens the barangay-based institutions and sectoral organizations to engage in participatory issue resolutions and the different peace and order interventions.
During the activity, the 600 households in Casiklan were provided with free medical services, birth registration, and blood donation activity. The children in the community were also given free haircuts by the members of the “Pogi Team” of 23rd IB.
In his message, Vice Mayor Bautista thanked the members of the RCSP and its core team for their untiring effort to launch the activity.
“RCSP is one of the national government’s mechanisms in implementing the Whole-of-Nation Approach to peacefully end the local communist armed conflict which was institutionalized by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s Executive Order No. 70,” Bautista said.
He added that the LGU of Las Nieves is always ready to perform its duties and responsibilities to address the root causes of insurgency in the area.
“We hope nga mawala na ang armed conflict sa munisipyo sa Las Nieves ilabi na sa Barangay Casiklan aron makab-ot nato ang kalinaw ug kalambuan sa atong lugar. Bisan naay kakulangon ang resources sa inyong lokal nga panggamhan, ginahimo namo ang tanan aron masuportahan ang mga panginanglanon sa katawhan,” Bautista said.
Meanwhile, Lt. Col. Julius Cesar C. Paulo, Commander of the 23rd IB, urged the people of Casiklan to unite and support the efforts of the government to bring peace and development to their barangay.
“Uban ta sa kalambuan. Walay puwas ang programa sa agrikultura, ekonomiya ug industriya sa turismo sa gobyernong local sa Las Nieves aron makab-ot ang kalinaw ug kahapsay. Ayaw dawata ug paghatag sa mga mando sa CPP-NPA nga naa diri sa inyong lugar,” Paulo said.
Paulo emphasized that any support given to the communist rebels will be used to destroy communities and the livelihood of the people as the rebels continue to engage in terroristic activities.
“Ang kwarta nga ginahatag ninyo sa mga NPA mao ang ilang gamiton aron masuportahan ang ilang mga nagkalain lain nga aktibidadis diri sa Agusan del Norte. Ang insurhensya dili lang ni problema sa atong gobyerno ug kasundalohan, kay kini ato ning problema tanan. Magkahiusa kita aron humanon kining insurhinsiya aron makab-ot nato ang kalinaw ug mag malamposon ang kalambuan sa atong nasod,” Paulo said.
He also assured the people of Casiklan of the continuing support of the 23rd IB to all their peace and development endeavors.
“Ang inyong kasundalohan sa 23rd Infantry Masigasig Battalion ug ang inyong gobyerno sinsero sa paghimo ug lakang aron mahimong insurgency free ang atong nasod ug kina makab-ot pinaagi sa sensiro nato nga kooperasyon,” Paulo said.