BUENAVISTA, Agusan del Norte – Local government units initiated the send-off of military troops from June 29 to July 01, 2020 in Gingoog City, Magsaysay, Carmen and Nasipit.
The Community Support Program (CSP) troops are composed of soldiers from the 402nd Infantry Brigade and the Philippine National Police (PNP) who will prevent communist terrorists from exploiting the communities in the Conflict-Affected Areas (ConAAs) of the above-mentioned towns.
They will identify and address the issues that the Communist New People’s Army Terrorists (CNTs) use to continue to agitate the people into going against the government.
“We will work with you in your communities not only to address the security and peace concerns but also to assist and facilitate the delivery of government services,” said Lt. Colonel Julius Cesar C. Paulo, the Acting Commanding Officer of 23rd IB who expressed gratitude to the mayors for their trust and support to the CSP teams.
Many people manifested their support for the CSP by signing onto the “Wall of Commitment” during the series of Send-Off Ceremony. During the activities, the chief executives of the said towns conveyed their support to the program and expressed their trust to the teams as they expect them to work as partners for peace of the LGUs.
The mayors said that the LGUs are ready to provide support to the CSP teams to attain peace in communities where they work. They added that all must share to the unified efforts to end the local communist armed conflicts caused by the CNTs.
Winning the war against insurgency, they added, can only be achieved through combined efforts of all sectors and stakeholders.