BUENAVISTA, Agusan del Norte – The 23rd Infantry “Masigasig” Battalion (23IB) together
with Agusan del Norte Police Provincial Office (ADN-PPO) hosted the 1st Security
Coordinating Conference held at 23IB Headquarters, Jamboree Site, Purok 6, Brgy. Alubihid,
Buenavista, Agusan del Norte on 05 May 2021.
The event transpired as part of the Critical Infrastructure Protection Security Operations
(CIPSO) to intensify efforts in ending the extortion scheme of the Communist Terrorist
Groups (CTGs), to instill the concept of Shared Security Environment (SSE) with all the
stakeholders involved, and to align the assessment and plans in achieving peace and
resilient development programs for the areas of Agusan del Norte.
The said activity was graced by Col Cerilo C. Balaoro Jr., Deputy Commander, 402nd Infantry (Stingers) Brigade, Philippine Army, Lt. Col. Julius Cesar C. Paulo, Commander 23IB, and his staff, PCol. Martin M. Gamba, Provincial Director, AND-PPO, Chiefs of Police from different municipalities
and contractors of ongoing government flagship projects within the Area of Operation of
Col. Paulo cited the importance of Shared Security and the
involvement of all sectors, particularly the local government units (LGUs) in addressing
the extortion activities of NPA.
NPA also target the equipment of construction companies because they are soft
and undefended and destroying them will delay the construction of farm-to-market-road
and prevent the government from bringing the basic services to rural areas.
“This is a big leap forward to prosecute the assailants and let’s not give NPA rebels the breather and the opportunity to penetrate the burning spree of heavy equipment and to stop their
terrorism plans and to pressure the companies to give in to their extortion demands,”
Col. Balaoro said.