PLACER, Surigao del Norte – Fourteen Community Support Program (CSP) teams under the Army’s Community Support Program have been deployed to the different barangays of Surigao del Norte (SDN).

A send-off ceremony for the composite CSP teams of the Army’s 30th Infantry Python Battalion (30IB) and Philippine National Police – SDN held at Provincial Convention Center, Surigao City, September 09, 2019, signaled the start of the deployment of the CSP teams in the province.

The ceremony was graced by the provincial government of SDN led by governor Francisco “Lalo” Matugas represented by vice governor Geed Gokiangkee, 402nd Infantry (Stingers) Brigade deputy brigade commander Col. Cerilo C Balaoro Jr. and Surigao del Norte Police Provincial Office led by the Officer-in-Charge PCol. Adolph C Almendra.

Also present during the activity were Provincial Board Members, Sanguniang Bayan Members representing the LCEs of Bacuag, Alegria, Placer, Malimono and Mainit all of Surigao del Norte.

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; sustain peace efforts; ensure security; and help maintain public order to foster the foundation for economic and human development.

The Send-off Ceremony is an activity symbolizing that the LGU, PNP, AFP and other stakeholders are one in achieving disaster and conflict resilient communities.

Lt. Col. Jeffrey A Villarosa Acting Commanding Officer of 30IB said, “CSP operation is one of our means to help our local government units 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.”

Meanwhile, Col. Balaoro Jr. in his statement said that the success of every peace-related undertaking lies in the unity of all members of the community. It is imperative that we undertake a Whole-of-Nation-Approach to end local communist armed conflict, as stipulated in Executive Order 70. Let us, as one big team, focus our efforts towards Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDAs), Conflict-Affected Areas (ConAAs) and Conflict-Vulnerable Areas (CVAs). Attainment of genuine peace and development in said areas will immensely help us achieve peace and development in our beloved Surigao del Norte.”

“Let me also commend the Provincial Local Government Units, partner agencies and stakeholders in Surigao del Norte for their trust and support to the AFP and PNP in the conduct of peace and development mission in the province. Let us continously work hand-in-hand in combatting insurgency for the betterment of the province,” Col. Balaoro Jr. ended.