295 Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) members and supporters voluntarily surrendered to the Community Support Program (CSP) teams under 30th Infantry “Python” Battalion (30IB), 4th Infantry Division, Philippine Army at Barangay Camam-onan, Gigaquit, Surigao del Norte on Friday, February 15, 2019 around 11:00 o’clock in the morning.
Among the surrenders were 28 Militia ng Bayan (MB) and 267 Underground Mass Organization (UGMO) members who also yielded seven (7) assorted firearms to the town mayor of Gigaquit, Elvira Egay and Lieutenant Colonel Allen Raymund C. Tomas, the Battalion Commander of 30th IB.
Moreover, said surrenders pledged their oath of allegiance to the government followed by the declaration of the CPP-NPA as “Persona non Grata” headed by Hon. Inday Flor B. Bangga the Barangay Chairwoman of Camam-onan.
Barangay Camam-onan of Gigaquit was among the barangays declared as Conflict Affected Areas (ConAAs) in the province of Surigao del Norte which was also among the barangays declared as Peace and Development Zone (PDZ) that was launched last August 28, 2018.
In his message, Lieutenant Colonel Tomas said, “LASICAM Complex (Lahi,Sico-Sico, Camam-onan) were identified as strong-hold of the CPP-NPA for the past decades but due to the conduct of Community Support Program (CSP) activities and the entry of government projects and interventions, we were able to address issues, regain the trust and support of the masses.
Meanwhile, Brigadier General Franco Nemesio M Gacal, the Commander 4ID said, “I commend Lieutenant Colonel Tomas and his men together with the Local Government Unit of Gigaquit for this big accomplishment.” Indeed, Peace and Development is multi-dimensional that requires Whole-of-the Nation Approach (WNA) in order to effectively address perennial problems of the communities particularly in ConAAs.” Brigadier General Gacal concluded.
Source: DXKS RPN RADIO Surigao