Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija – The 7th Infantry (Kaugnay) Division, Philippine Army urges the local government units to declare the Communist Terrorist Groups (CTGs) in Northern and Central Luzon as Persona Non Grata during a conference held at its headquarters in Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija, today.

Major General Lenard T Agustin AFP, Commander of 7ID headed the conference which was attended by the division staff and unit commanders of the Kaugnay Division.

The conference aims to appraise the Commander, 7ID, division staffs and other commanders about the operational situation and administrative requirements of the division and its units as they perform their duties in compliance with its campaign plan.

One of the highlights of the conference is the update of the declaration of CTGs as Persona Non Grata of the provinces, municipalities and barangays within the 7ID area of responsibility.

The declaration is an essential action that should be taken by the local government units as part of their committment to the Whole of Nation Approach or the Executive Order Nr.70.

As of this moment, there are one province, eight municipalities and 34 barangays that declared CTGs Persona Mon Grata through their respective resolutions.

MGen Agustin said, “Now that the election is done, I believe our elected local government officials, regardless if they were previously or newly elected, may now focus on their platforms and projects which they promised to their constituents. Rest assured that the Army is always ready to provide assistance in whatever programs that you will make for the people.”

“Likewise, we encourage the LGUs to look into the importance of declaration of persona non grata against the CTGs and take action on it. The declaration has a great impact not only in the security aspect but most importantly in the development of an area,” he added.

Relatedly, MGen Agustin also encourage the LGUs to have a localized peace negotiations with the CTGs within their jurisdiction.