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Davao Oriental now Insurgency-Free

MAWAB, Davao De Oro – The Provincial Local Government Unit of Davao Oriental declared the whole province as Insurgency-Free during the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) meeting held at Honey’s Hotel, Mati City on September 19, 2022.

The council unanimously approved Resolution Number 1 series of 2022, declaring the province as insurgency-free after Guerilla Front South was dismantled on April 18, 2021; Guerilla Front North on June 20, 2021; and Guerilla Front 18 on September 15, 2022, all previously operating in Davao Oriental. Likewise, 108 Communist NPA Terrorists and 109 firearms were neutralized and captured by the security sector in the said province from the 3rd Quarter of 2019 to date.

In a report presented by 701st Infantry Brigade Commander BGen Oliver C Maquiling, he said that he attributed the successful counterinsurgency campaign to the convergence of government agencies in implementing various peace and development programs.

On the other hand, Governor Corazon N Malanyaon said it was high time to declare the province as insurgency-free, especially now that the province is aggressively promoting its tourism.

“We have what it takes to be a premier tourist destination, and Davao Oriental is worth visiting. But we also have to consider that the tourism industry is too sensitive to peace and order,” she added.

Meanwhile, MGen Nolasco A Mempin, 10ID Commander, also expressed his sincerest appreciation towards the overwhelming support of the PLGU Davao Oriental and the aggressive actions made by the 701st Infantry Brigade in defeating the insurgency in the said province.

“We are now witnessing history. All of our provinces here in Davao Region were declared insurgency-free. Now, I urge everyone to continue our efforts and not rest on our laurels. We will continue to push further towards the attainment of sustainable development in the whole Region,” MGen Mempin added.

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