Army, PNP in Region 3 Persuades LGUs to Prioritize Programs Against Insurgency

FORT MAGSAYSAY, Nueva Ecija – The quarterly meeting for the Regional Joint Peace and Security Coordinating Council (RJPSCC) was held yesterday at the Police Regional Office 3 (PRO3) PANA Hall, Camp Captain Julian Olivas in San Fernando, Pampanga.

Major General Lenard T Agustin AFP, Commander of the Army’s 7th Infantry (Kaugnay) Division was the Presiding Officer, together with the Regional Director of PRO3, Police Brigadier General Joel Napoleon M Coronel.

The highlight of the RJPSCC Meeting was the signing of the Joint Task Force (JTF) KAUGNAY-PRO3 Joint Campaign Plan “KAPANATAGAN-Central Luzon” ‎2019-2022.

Said campaign plan involves programs and activities of the Army and PNP against the insurgency concern in the region and the roles that they will play in supporting the local government units.

One of the important agenda includes the implementation of the Balik-Loob Program that encourages rebels and leftist supporters to return to the folds of the government, and the implementation of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) which gives monetary rewards and livelihood trainings for qualified former rebels.

MGen Agustin says that the regular quarterly meeting of the RJPSCC yields good results as it ensures the continued cooperation between the PNP and the Philippine Army which develops and strengthens programs between the joint task forces that safeguards the peace and security in the region.

“It is very timely that we held this activity today when our newly installed elected officials will also start their job. We believe that the insurgency problem should be one of the priorities of our LGUs for it hinders the development of an area, may it be a barangay or municipality up to the regional level. We urge the mayors, governors and congressmen in our area to look deeper into the issues being exploited by the Communist Terrorist Groups (CTGs) and addressed them rightaway so that there would be no reason for the people to join their twisted cause,” said MGen Agustin.

“As of now, there are 30 barangays, 20 municipalities and one province that declared CTGs as Persona Non Grata. We are looking forward to more areas that will file a resolution against the insurgents. The declaration is more than a written resolution, it must be an intentional action against the CTGs,” MGen Agustin added.