BARANGAY SIMSIMAN, Calinog, Iloilo— The Army’s 12th Infantry Battalion and the Local Government Units of Capiz and Iloilo have joined together during the send-off ceremony of the Community Support Program (CSP) Teams held at West Visayas State University, Calinog, Iloilo on June 22, 2020.

These CSP Teams which composed of soldiers from 12IB will be deployed to the depressed barangays of the identified municipalities particularly in Tapaz , Capiz, and Calinog, Janiuay, Lambunao, and Maasin in the province of Iloilo.

Representatives of the Office of the Governors of both province, and the mayors and village chairmen of the identified municipalities and Barangays came together to jointly send-off the CSP Teams.

The ceremony was highlighted by the simultaneous signing of Certificate of Acceptance of the Barangay Captains. The message of peace from the 301st Deputy Brigade Commander, COL Orlando Edralin; Calinog Mayor Francisco Calvo; Tapaz Mayor Roberto Palomar, and Iloilo Provincial Government Representative—Ms. Mary Rose Matucan followed after the signing of the Certificate of Acceptance.

In his message, COL Edralin underscored the importance of CSP in protecting the people from the true virus of the community—the Communist Terrorist Groups (CTGs), who for 51 years have sown terror to the community.

Likewise, Edralin emphasized the value of CSP as a tool to end the cruelty of the communist-terrorists, and how its partnership with the local government could help achieve peace and development everyone is longing for.

“This activity is the beginning of new hope for the people of Capiz and Iloilo because of the stronger alliance and camaraderie between the Philippine Army and the Local Government Units in providing services to them. It is the hallmark of unity towards achieving peace and in ending the local communist armed conflict in Panay which for decades has caused unwarranted misery to the Ilonggos in the Island,” the Deputy Brigade Commander emphasized.

Also present during the program were representatives of the respective Municipal Social Welfare Development (MSWD) Office, Municipal Local Government Operations Office (MLGOO), Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO), Municipal Agrarian Reform Office (MARO), and Municipal Agriculture Office (MAO) of the said municipalities.  Police Provincial Office (PPO) of Capiz, Provincial Mobile Force Company (PMFC), and other contingents from Capiz were also present in the said activity.