Army, PNP complete 5-day Community Support Program (CSP) refresher training in Aurora

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BALER, Aurora – A closing ceremony of 5-day Community Support Program (CSP) refresher Training was held here on Saturday (September 19, 2020) at Bayanihan Hall, headquarters of 91st Infantry “Sinagtala” Battalion, Philippine Army.

LTC REANDREW P RUBIO INF (GSC), commanding officer of 91st Infantry (Sinagtala) Battalion, Philippine Army said the graduation ceremony of 68 participants who underwent CSP refresher training was graced by Maria Aurora town Mayor Amado M. Geneta.

Of the said figure, 54 are from 91st IB, eight (8) from Aurora Police Provincial Office (APPO) and six (6) are from Nueva Ecija Police Provincial Police Office (NEPPO).

“Completing the training is not enough but this is the beginning of another deliverables which is the immersion of our troops with PNP for the Community Support Program in the focus areas with an end view of dismantling Komiteng Larangang Guerilla Sierra madre (KLG-SM) of the New People’s Army (NPA) who continuously posed as threat in our Area of Operations,” Rubio said.

He said that the CSP is a people-centered program which aims to bring peace and development in conflict-affected barangays and an initiative to bring the government closer to the people through an immediate delivery of basic services especially to grassroots communities.

Meanwhile, Captain Bethoven B. Cabanlit, operation/training officer of 91st IB said that the country is battling from a long decade of insurgency and recently the commander in chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to end the insurgency before his terms ends.

“Our main task is to clear our area of operation against communist terrorist group. Part of our task is the CSP training in order to equip CSP team necessary knowledge to be used when they will be immersed in the target barangays for clearing,” Cabanlit said.

He said that the students gained very significant knowledge from the different resources persons from military, PNP and othr government agencies like DAR, DOLE, Unit legal retainer and DILG who explains their current trust and programs which is necessary for the CSP operators once they will be deploy in target barangays and encounter different issues exploited from the CTGs.

Maria Aurora town Mayor Geneta who served as Guest of Honor and Speaker lauded the people behind the CSP training explaining the training is timely and should apply what they learned to be much creative, bold and determined for peace and security in the province of Aurora.

“Your role and success lies in your hands. You will talk to the different sectors of the society especially in the grass roots. We should undertake the whole-of-nation approach to end the local communist armed conflict as stipulated in Executive Order 70 of President Rodrigo Duterte. Let us work in our areas to address peace and security concerns and let us bring our government closer to the people,” Mayor Geneta said.