CAMP PERALTA, Jamindan, Capiz – A send-off ceremony for the Community Support Program (CSP) teams of the Army’s 61st Infantry Battalion was held at Camp Carreon, Barangay Libot, Calinog, Iloilo today, July 22, 2019.

The said ceremony which signaled the start of the deployment of the nine (9) CSP teams was led by Col. Orlando Edralin, Deputy Brigade Commander, 301st Infantry (Bayanihan) Brigade and Hon. Renato Casinao, Vice Mayor of Calinog.

Also present during the activity were Hon. Regina Fancubilla, SB Member, Tapaz, Capiz; Director Joselito Dela Banda, Director II, DOLE-RFO6; Director Delia Bagolcol, Assistant Regional Director, DSWD – RO6; Mr. Francis Oliver Ortiz, LGOO V, DILG – RO6; Mr. Ricardo Camarig Jr., Tribal Affairs Assistant, NCIP – Tapaz; PMAJ Jose Nemias Pamplona, Chief, Calinog Municipal Police Station; and PCAPT Bryant Fallera, OIC, Tapaz MPS.

These CSP teams will be deployed to different barangays of the aforementioned municipality.

The deployment of the CSP teams is in line with the Development Support and Security Plan “Kapayapaan” of the Armed Forces of the Philippines to conduct Development Support Operations, to sustain the peace, ensure security and help maintain public order to foster the foundation for economic and human development.

LTC Joel Benedict Batara said that, “CSP is our means to help our local government in addressing the peace and security concerns of the communities and to deliver basic government services especially in the far flung and conflict-affected areas. It also aims to bring our government closer to the people”.

LTC Batara added “The success of every peace-related undertaking lies in the unity of all members of the community; hence I am urging every sector of the society most especially Calinognons to help and support their Army in its quest towards the attainment of sustainable peace and development not only in Calinog but in the whole province of Iloilo.”

For his part, MGen Dinoh Dolina, Commander, 3rd Infantry (Spearhead) Division commended the LGU – Calinog for giving its full support to the Army’s peace initiatives specifically to the CSP. “Your support also means that you have full trust to your Army in bringing genuine peace to your beloved municipality,” MGen Dolina emphasized.