Paquibato District Davao City– Enlightened and awakened, 380 members of the underground mass organization (UGMO) to include 101 Sangay ng Partido sa Lokalidad (SPL) and 174 Militia ng Bayan (MB) from Barangay Lumiad and Barangay Malabog both of Paquibato District have eventually cut their ties and denounced the CPP/NPA/NDF. The withdrawal of support came after the said individuals undergo a 3-day Peace Building Seminar (PBS) jointly conducted by the 27th Infantry “ACTION” Battalion, 10ID, PA, 1003rd Infantry “RAPTOR” Brigade, 10ID, PA and 10th Civil Military Operations (CMO) Battalion, 10ID, PA, Davao City Police Office, Police Station 7, Paquibato District and the local government units of Davao City on 15 September 2020.
The PBS is a 3-day program designed to enlighten the members of the underground mass organizations (UGMO) about the NPA terrorist’s deception, recruitment efforts and deceitful objectives in infiltrating and exploiting the community. The conduct of PBS serves as the reversal mechanism of the CTG indoctrination process. Part also of the program was the information drive on programs and services of the LGU and LGAs and other partner stakeholders which are imperative in refuting the issues exploited by the NPA terrorists.
The activity was highlighted by the Peace Rally and Burning of NPA terrorist flag which demonstrate realization of the former UGMO members about the deception of the NPA terrorists. Through the PBS they came to realize that the issues that were exploited by the NPA terrorist are all fabricated and the programs and services that would uplift their living conditions could only be fulfilled by the government. According to one of the participants who was installed as the Chairman of the Komiteng Rebolusyonaryo sa Barrio (KRB), they were victims of NPA terrorist’s exploitation for decades. He then encouraged all the participants to support the military and the government and be united to change the branding of their barangay as an NPA terrorist’s bailiwicks and safe haven. As such, he thanked the LGU of Davao, other agencies and the uniformed sector for conducting the PBS and continuously reaching out to make them stand for a peaceful community. Another participant also condemned the NPA terrorist for creating chaos in their community and making their lives miserable contrary to what the NPA terrorists had promised.
On the other hand, Lt. Col. Victorino M. Seño Philippine Army, Battalion Commander of 27IB during his message said, “Akong gi-encourage ang matag-usa ka nato ug kitang tanan nga atong gakson ang kalinaw ug suportahan ang atong goberno sa pagtapos sa local communist armed conflict. Ang kalinaw ato tanang responsibiladad nga dapat tabangan ug makab-ot lamang nato kini kung kita magkahi-usa batok sa teroristang NPA. Panahon na para kita mubarog batok niining mga teroristang NPA dili lamang para sa atong maayong kaugmaon kung dili mas importante para sa kaugmaon sa atong mga anak ug sa mga musunod pa nga henerasyon.”
The said seminar was made possible through the support of the City Government of Davao City and other government units and agencies such as National Commission on Indigenous People, City Agricultural Office, Department of Agrarian Reform, Department of Environment and National Resources, Department of Labor and Employment, City Social Welfare Development Office, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority , Philippine National Police (PNP) and Religious Sector. These agencies provided lectures on their respective mandates, provided pledges and introduced means to uplift the living condition of the participants. The activity as a whole showcases the whole of nation approach in in ending local communist armed conflict (ELCAC).
The closing ceremony was graced by no less than the Commander of 10th Infantry Division, Philippine Army, MGen. Reuben S. Basiao Philippine Army, TESDA Regional Director Engr Lorenzo G. Macapili, City Councillor Danny Dayanghirang, Col. Consolito Yecla Philippine Army, Commander, Task Force Davao and other dignitaries. They extend their appreciation to the participants for finally making a stand to denounce the NPA terrorist that have been troubling their community for decades and in return embrace and support the government. After the closing, distribution of food packs, face masks, slippers, school supplies, seeds and seedlings, and hot meals for the participants was undertaken.