Friday, April 24, 2015

Albay, now Conflict Manageable Area

From the Website of Philippine Army

Albay, now Conflict Manageable Area

CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur – The Armed Forces of the Philippines thru the 9th Infantry (Spear) Division, Philippine Army, the Philippine National Police, Provincial Government of Albay, and other stakeholders, formally declare the Province of Albay as “Manageable Conflict Area” through a Memorandum of Understanding on April 23, 2015 at Bicol University Main Campus, Legazpi City, Albay.

The activity was kicked-off by a bamboo tree planting with Gen Catapang at the riverbanks inside BU Campus. Students, ROTC cadets, military personnel, and different agencies participated and expressed their support on the advocacy to fight climate change. A civic-military parade was also one of the events in the morning to honor Albayanos heroes liberation attended by different agencies, lawmen, and different military units of the province.

The MOU was signed by Hon. Jose Ma. Clemente S. Salceda, Provincial Governor of Albay and MGen Yerson E Depayso AFP, Commander, 9ID, PA in the presence and witnessed by Gen Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr AFP, Chief of Staff, Armed Forces of the Philippines; MGen Ricardo R Visaya AFP, Commander, Southern Luzon Command; Col Raul M Farnacio INF (GSC) PA, Commander, 901st Bde, PA; Hon. Harold O Imperial, Vice Governor of Albay; Olivio D Ramirez, Officer-in-Charge, Provincial DILG and PSSupt Marlo S Meneses PNP, Provincial Director, Albay PPA.

The MOU states that the Provincial Government of Albay will take the lead role in the implementation of socio-economic programs supported by the AFP and Philippine National Police (PNP) to ensure the safety and well-being of their constituents and to further address the root causes of internal security threats; Establish Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP) to entice remaining insurgents to return to the folds of the law and facilitate the provision of livelihood assistance of the former rebels; Orchestrate the efforts of all stakeholders such as Local Government Units (LGUs), National Government Agencies (NGAs), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) as well as the private sector to further enhance peace and security in the province.

The collaborative efforts among the AFP, Provincial government and other stakeholders in Albay had reduced the security threats into an insignificant level thereby making the province relatively peaceful and ready for further development.

Third quarter last year, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Albay issued a resolution number 0086-2014 adopted last September 23, 2014 and further approved on October 2, 2014 by Albay Governor Jose Ma. Clemente Sarte Salceda declaring the Province of Albay as Manageable Conflict Area (MCA).

“I salute the Albayanos for protecting the province which is now a haven for tourism and development and for claiming a peaceful and progressive province. Your AFP, thru 9ID, remains your active partner in the pursuit and preservation of lasting peace. We support the belief that through peace, we can realize progress and prosperity. Winning the peace, fostering progress and bringing about national prosperity are joint endeavors. It is our shared responsibility towards the attainment of a common objective, we can truly make this nation strong and globally competitive.” Gen Catapang said in his speech.

Moreover, the AFP through 9th Infantry (Spear) Division will actively support the implementation of socio-economic programs of the provincial government of Albay,  concerned line government agencies and other stakeholders that will address the root causes of insurgency; Actively support the provincial government in the implementation of CLIP; Continue to support the province and other law enforcement agencies in securing vital installation and flagship projects; Maintain the current forces of the Philippine Army to assist the Province and the PNP in ensuring that any resurgence of insurgency activities will be prevented and Sustain the conduct of IPSO to further reduce the capabilities of the CNN to a level that can no longer threaten the stability of the province.


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