BANCASI, Butuan City – The Local Leaders in the province of Agusan del Norte in Caraga have converged for a Stakeholders Security Forum yesterday, July 05, 2019 held at Headquarters, 402nd Infantry Brigade Brgy Bancasi this city.
The Stakeholders Security Forum was an initiative of the former Governor and now Congresswoman Maria Angelica Rosedell Amante-Matba of the 2 nd District of said province in partnership with the 402 nd Brigade led by Col Maurito L Licudine, the Brigade Commander.
The forum intends to apprise the LCEs and key decision makers on the nature, developments and impact of the insurgency situation vis-a-vis the government’s internal security operations and elicit support and commitment in achieving peace and inclusive development in their respective areas.
In response to the call to unite and support the Whole of Nation Approach embodied in the EO70, the local leaders of the province led by the newly elected Governor, Hon Dale B Corvera, and the LCEs of six (6) city/municipalities of this province attended the event namely; Hon Judy C Amante of Cabadbaran City; Hon Napoleon M Montero of Jabonga; Hon Aristotle E Motante of Kitcharao; Hon Richard P Daquipil of Remedios T Romualdez; Franklin D Lim of Santiago; and Hon Fidel E Garcia Jr of Tubay together with Police Col Ramir P Perlas, Provincial Director of Agusan del Norte Police Provincial Office; MS Ellen V Chua, Provincial Director of DILG Agusan Del Norte; Hon Eddie Ampayawan “Datu Bawang”, Board Member/IP Mandatory Representative; and Ms Charissa T Guerta, City Director of DILG Butuan City.
Local Leaders were informed regarding the security situation in the brigade’s area of responsibility stressing the issues and concerns affecting the political and security environment in the province. The convergence has generated a unified voice among the local leaders to support and commit in addressing the security problem. It also tackled the situations of the IP being the most vulnerable target of the exploitation and abuse by the CPP-NPA Terrorist.
“As a Governor of the province, I am committing full support to the efforts to address the insurgency problem”, Governor Corvera declares along with the six (6) LCEs assuring their unwavering support to the AFP and PNP and in working together for the peace and development initiatives.
“Akong pangamuyo karun nga unta maipakita og maipasibya sa mga lideres pinaagi sa pagdeklarar nga dili sila musuporta sa mga NPA og kontra sia niini arun ma-feel pud sa mga NPA nga dili lang AFP ug PNP ang kontra nila kun dili nga tanan katawhan. Og akong hangyo nga maprotektahan ang mga tribu arun mahatagan silag kakusgon sa pagbatok sa mga NPA”, relate Datu Bawang in his dialect, a former CNT member and now an IPMR of the province.
In his statement, Col Maurito L Licudine, Commander of 402nd Infantry Brigade said, “Your army particularly the 402 nd Brigade will support and assist in the initiatives of the civilian authorities. The forum has given awareness to the leaders of this province and explore ways of promoting local security and safety based on the needs and realities of the communities on the ground”.
“We hope to achieve that everybody should actively advocate peace. We should work together to put forward the agenda of peace among the people. With the EO70, the Whole of Nation Approach and the creation of the Regional Task Force in Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict here in Caraga, will be our vehicle in our dream of achieving a long and lasting peace for our people”, Col Licudine ended.