Camp Evangelista, Cagayan de Oro – Ongoing road projects of the government will hasten the defeat of the Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs) in Caraga Region, top Army Commander said.
Major General Andres C Centino, Commander of 4th Infantry Division and Joint Task Force-Diamond, has informed the members of the CARAGA Regional Development Council (RDC), during its Full Council meeting yesterday, September 28, 2020, via video teleconference (VTC).
Centino cited the ongoing road construction projects such as the Cabadbaran-Puting Bato-Lanuza Road; Butuan-Pianing-Tandag Road; Lasicam-Camp Edward, Alegria Road; and San Miguel-Calaitan Road.
“These are high-impact road projects because they cut across NPA Guerrilla Bases in CARAGA, which happen to be our Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDAs),” he said.
In his presentation, he further stressed that these road opening and concreting projects will spur economic activities in these far-flung and depressed areas and facilitate the delivery of basic services, thus resolving critical grass-root issues that have been exploited by the CNTs.
He added that these projects and the ensuing government interventions will consequently turn these areas into becoming progressive and resilient communities.
In terms of security operations, Centino said that these road projects will also improve the maneuverability of our security forces while limiting the CNTs’ freedom of movement.
Meanwhile, Pol M. Delos Santos, the Regional Director of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) gave the assurance that the projects mentioned by Gen. Centino are indeed priority projects of the government.
“These road projects are one of the identified priority projects of the President. Rest assured that we will expedite its completion to support the peace, security and development efforts in these areas,” he said.
The Caraga RDC Full Council Meeting was presided by its Chairman Governor Dale Corvera of Agusan del Norte via VTC and was attended by Regional Directors of Line Government Agencies, Governors, Mayors of Highly Urbanized City, and representatives from the Academe and private sector.