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President Marcos lauds Davao del Sur anti-insurgency campaign

DAVAO CITY (PIA) - - President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. commended the peace program of Davao del Sur, which led to its declaration as the first insurgency-free province of Region XI.

“Let me acknowledge that this is the first province in the Davao Region to be declared as insurgency free and for doing your best to continue to maintain that status right up to this day,” President Marcos emphasized during the 56th Araw ng Davao del Sur foundation anniversary program on July 1, 2023.

Last May 25, 2022, the province declared victory over the Community Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) through a resolution of the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) chaired by then Governor Marc Cagas.

According 39th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army, the people of Davao del Sur defeated two guerilla fronts of the CPP-NPA, who have wreaked havoc in the province since 2016.

The identified threats were Guerilla Front 51 of the Southern Mindanao Regional Committee (SMRC), which then turned into Pulang Bagani Command, and Guerilla Front Alip of the Far South Mindanao Regional Committee (FSMRC).

The President also lauded the province’s Tupad Pangako Program in helping former communist rebels to be reintegrated into society to take part in nation-building.

Started in 2021, around 60 former rebels benefited from the program that includes a 15-day deradicalization program, livelihood and skills training, and other government and non-government intervention.

Another 26 former rebels will undertake the program on July 24 this year.

The President urged the people of Davao del Sur to sustain its peaceful environment, as this will be the foundation for a progressivecommunity.

“Kaya’t ang pagbalik ng kapayapaan, ang pagpatuloy ng kapayapaan, ito po ang ating magiging pundasyon para ipatuloy ang progreso. Hindi lamang dito sa Davao del Sur kung hindi sa buong Pilipinas,” President Marcos said. (JBG/MLU/PIA Davao/with photo from 39IB)

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