MARAMAG, Bukidnon – The 88th Infantry “Maringal” Battalion and Local Government Unit of Cabanglasan conducted Send-off Ceremony to the Community Support Teams (CSTs) who will be immersed to conduct Community Support Program (CSP) in the NPA terrorists affected barangays of the municipality. The said ceremony was conducted at the Municipal Hall of Cabanglasan, Bukidnon after the Flag Raising Ceremony on 08 June 2020.
The ceremony was graced by Hon. Renante Inocando, the Municipal Mayor of Cabanglasan; Hon. Lolita N Obsioma, the Vice Mayor of Cabanglasan; Colonel Ferdinand T Barandon, the Brigade Commander of 403rd Brigade; and Lt Col Franklin F Fabic, the Commanding Officer of 88IB. The activity was also participated by the PNP, BFP, head of local government agencies, and Barangay Captains of the municipality.
The deployment of the CSTs is in line with the Armed Forces of the Philippines thrust to clear areas affected by communist NPA terrorists influence by identifying and addressing issues being exploited by these terrorists to radicalize communities and to bridge the gap of government services to far-flung communities in order to foster the foundation for economic and human development.
In his statement, Mayor Renante Inocando warmly welcomed the troops of 88IB and thanked for sending CSTs in the barangays of his municipality. “These will greatly assist the LGU to identify concerns of the community, to help deliver the government services in the far-flung areas, and to prevent recruitment and exploitation of Indigenous People (IP) by the NPA terrorist.” He added.
Meanwhile, Col Ferdinand T Barandon said, “Your Philippine Army is always here as a partner of the Local Government Units in attaining sustainable peace and inclusive development. It is imperative that we undertake the Whole-of-Nation-Approach to finally end the local communist armed conflict as stipulated in Executive Order 70 of President Duterte. Let us, help one another and work as a team to achieve this objective.”
Lieutenant Colonel Franklin F Fabic said, “This Send-off Ceremony of our CSTs is our way of showing our novel intention and respect to our Local Government Unit and Tribal Leaders of the communities that we will be immersing. Your Philippine Army will be working on your areas not only to address peace and security concerns but to help facilitate the safe delivery of government services in distant and conflict-affected sitios by our local government agencies. Our aim is to bring our government closer to the people.”
The said ceremony also included Tribal Ritual by the IP Leaders and the signing of a Wall of Commitment in support of the CSP immersion in the municipality.