Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur (ADS) – Department of Interior and Local Government Assistant Secretary for Security Operations, Alexander L Macario, Bayugan City Mayor Kirk A. Asis led the inauguration and blessing of Kalinaw Building on February 6 at the 3rd Special Forces “Arrowhead” Battalion headquarters in barangay Noli, Bayugan City. Kalinaw Buidling the first inter-agency facility to support the initiatives of the Whole-of-Nation Approach to End Local Communist Armed Conflict as it will house the conduct of deradicalization and reintegration programs for Former Rebels (FRs) in CARAGA.
“Tama na, sobra na. We need to end insurgency, especially here in Bayugan City. Before the deployment of the 3rd Special “Arrowhead” Battalion in our city, we ranked 113 among the competitive cities in the Philippines. After the conduct of Bayanihan Team Activity (BTA) and Community Support Program (CSP) from 2016-2018 by the Special Forces, our ranking significantly increased making us number 12 as of this date. We are grateful for our partnership with the 3rd SF Battalion to bring the basic and social services to the farthest barangays to address the root causes of insurgency that is why we supported and approved this project,” Mayor Kirk Asis, said.
“This, I think, is the first of its kind, in the LGUs of the Philippines and I will bring this to the attention of the National Task Force ELCAC so that they can challenge the Local Chief Executives and Local Government Units (LGUs) nationwide to do the same, “Asec. Macario, said.
“Kung gugustuhin ng LGU na tapusin ang insurgency, magagawa ito. Political will talaga and commitment ang kailangan para umunlad pa lalo ang bawat lugar sa Pilipinas. I commend the City of Bayugan City for this peace and development project borne out of the collective ideas of the members of Bayugan City Peace and Order Council, the Sangguniang Bayan Members and the Mayor,” Asec. Macario, added.
Meanwhile, the Kalinaw Buildingis a fully furnished 3-storey facility that also aims to promote inter-agency collaborations to produce developmental and synergistic ideas that can greatly contribute in building lasting and genuine peace not only in Bayugan City but in the whole CARAGA Region.
This will also be an instrument of good governance as this will house the conduct of various stakeholders’ capability and capacity building through training and education such as the Retooled Community Support Program orientation to further implement EO 70 in the city.
Also present to grace the activity are BGen Lincoln Francisco T Tagle AFP, Special Forces Regiment (Airborne), BGen Maurito L Licudine AFP, 402nd Infantry Brigade Commander, COL Allan D Hambala INF (MNSA) PA, 401st Infantry Brigade Commander, LTC Joey B Baybayan INF (GSC) PA, 3SFBn Commanding Officer, Bayugan City Officials and stakeholders and the officers, men and women of the 3rd Special Forces “Arrowhead” Battalion.