The gift-giving activity held at Licanan Elementary School, Brgy Upper Licanan, Panabo City last February 12, 2014 has benefitted more or less three hundred (300) pupils in the said institution. This activity is in partnership with Panabo Multi-Purpose Cooperative headed by Mrs. Lalaine Y. Gepaya, React Panabo-Echo Group led by Kenny Allan “Hotpoint” Benigno, Operation Blessing, 69th Infantry Battalion (69th IB) with their Commander Lt. Col. Rodney Intal and 5th CRG, CRSAFP also headed by Lt. Col Ruben Aquino.
The activity is with the theme “Lugaw (at iba pa…) para sa Paaralan” wherein the program adheres mainly on extending entertainment, hope and love to the pupils of said elementary school. Mrs. Mylene Castillo, the principal of Licanan Elementary School welcomed every participant and organizations as well as the visitors for their presence together with the parents. The Barangay Captain Hon. Hermenigildo Navarro was also around to support the activity and to show that the organizations were heartily welcomed in their Barangay Upper Licanan, Panabo City.
The program started during their break time in the morning in order that the activity wouldn’t disturb or delay the conduct of classes to the pupils who is the prime beneficiary. As the pupils form their lines, you can visibly see in their countenances the unconcealed excitement and joy as to what is going on. When the distribution of foods (merienda) is taking place, suddenly a mascot appeared to amuse the children so that they will be able to enjoy the most of the activity. Depicted smiles are genuine and pure that indeed they were very happy because of the activity.
Every pupil was provided with food and a money bank which has an initial savings inside of it in order for the child to be motivated in saving money. It is painted in their faces that with this simple gesture it have surely brought a memorable moment to the children of Licanan that once in their childhood they were able to experience such things. Undeniably, every one really appreciates and puts importance even just in a single thing that they have received. The program never failed to bring enormous joy to children and that these childhood years is very significant to them because these are the days that contributes to the totality of a person.
The program is in connection with the celebration of Heart’s Day which is to give love unconditionally without asking anything in return because indeed in imparting what you have brings definite satisfaction and an absolute joy that no one can steal. The Operation Blessing also has provided some books for the benefit of the school which was joyfully received by the principal to be utilized for the benefit of the pupils.
Indeed, the essence of this Valentine’s Day is not only in receiving presents or love from people you know and valued but most importantly in extending the love to somebody you do not know without expecting anything in return.
NSFA, Panacan, Davao City– NPA team leader Adaser Linggay Dela Mansi Alias Flores 42 years old of Brgy. Canangaan, Cabanglasan, Bukidnon voluntarily surrendered to 403rd Infantry Brigade Commander Col. Francisco L. Pabayo in Brgy Aglayan, Malaybalay City Thursday night bringing along with him a Carbine rifle, magazine and ammunition.
Said returnee is a member of Section Committee 89 of the CPP/NPA/NDF operating in Cabanglasan and adjacent barangays in Malaybalay City Bukidnon. He admitted that he was a victim of NPA deceptions and he want to live in peace with his family. He is now undergoing interview and for proper disposition.
Based on record, there were a total of 271 NPA returnees for the year 2013 and a total of 25 NPA returnees in EastMinCom area of responsibility as of 2014. Dela Mansi will be provided with firearms remuneration as per AFP Guns for Peace Program and livelihood assistance from concerned LGU to be facilitated by the 403rd Infantry Brigade.
Meanwhile, AFP/PNP joint operations continue in the areas of concern in Eastern Mindanao in order to protect the communities from NPA’s extortion, deception and attacks to civilians and civilian properties.
EASTMINCOM Commander Lt. Gen. Ricardo Rainier G. Cruz III earlier expressed confidence that there would be more NPA returnees in the coming days. “This is the result of the collaboration between our local officials, community and our Bayanihan teams on peace outreach in the far flung barangays”. Lt. Gen. Cruz said
NSFA, Panacan, Davao City – Two (2) M14 and M16 rifles, 2 landmines, 200 meters detonating wire, medical paraphernalia, personal belongings and subversive documents were recovered by the soldiers of 25th Infantry Battalion of the Army’s 10th Infantry Division after a firefight with the NPA’s extortion unit in vicinity Sitio Sapdan, Brgy. Casoon, Monkayo, Compostela Valley Province at around 12:30 pm., Tuesday.
A soldier was wounded in the 1 hour clash while civilians reported that the NPA were seen dragging 3 heavily wounded companions. Troops are on its effort to search NPA casualties and their armaments left in the area.
It can be recalled that on December 11, 2013, 163 pieces of landmines were recovered by the government troops in a regional NPA landmine factory in Sitio Mampait, Brgy Kauswagan, Loreto, Agusan del Sur. A generator set was also recovered.
On January 19, 2014, 44 pieces of NPA landmines, 8 sacks of PVC pipes, batteries, detonating cords, and improvised firing device were recovered by the soldiers of 1003rd Infantry Brigade while on security patrols in Sitio Mampait, Brgy. Mansanitas, Agusan del Sur.
EASTMINCOM Commander Lt. Gen. Ricardo Rainier G. Cruz III commended the soldiers of the 25th IB for the continuous effort in protecting the communities and the recovery of the NPA firearms. Earlier, Lt. Gen. Cruz said that the CPP/NPA/NDF continue to violate the CARHRIHL. “If the NPA are sincere about peace, they must stop manufacturing landmines as these kill people and destroy properties” Lt. Gen. Cruz added
Six soldiers were wounded in a landmine during a firefight with the extortion unit of the NPA in Sitio Lutangan, Brgy Kapatagan, Digos City, Davao del Sur 2:40 pm., February 10.
The soldiers were on patrol in the said barangay to protect the communities who reported NPA extortion when the NPA fired at them. The NPA immediately escaped after the incident. The wounded soldiers were rushed to nearest hospital for treatment.
Civilian reports pointed to Alias Rangrang as leader of the extortion unit of the Southern Mindanao Regional Committee of the CPP/NPA/NDF operating in Davao del Sur areas.
It can be recalled that on January 29, 2014, 4 NPA members who were on extortion activities in Sitio Matabang, Brgy. Taocanga, Manay, Davao Oriental were killed in an encounter with government troops. The soldiers recovered 2 M16; 1 AK47; 1 M4 rifles, 3 landmines, a cellphone and subversive documents from the NPA.
EASTMINCOM Commander Lt. Gen. Ricardo Rainier G Cruz III directed military field commanders in the area to be extra vigilant in their campaign to win the peace.
NSFA, Panacan, Davao City – The Chief of Staff Armed Forces of the Philippines Gen. Emmanuel T. Bautista visited the Headquarters Eastern Mindanao Command in Naval Station Felix Apolinario, Panacan, Davao City 7:30 am., February 11. Gen. Bautista’s visit is part of his visits to all Unified Commands in order to directly oversee the respective operational thrust for 2014 in connection with the implementation of the Internal Peace Security Plan “Bayanihan”.
Gen. Bautista was briefed by Eastern Mindanao Command Commander Lt. Gen. Ricardo Rainier G. Cruz III on the progress of the IPSP “Bayanihan” in Eastern Mindanao. Gen. Bautista congratulated the officers and men of EastMinCom led by Lt. Gen. Cruz for continuously winning the peace in Eastern Mindanao.
NSFA, Panacan, Davao City– The AFP’s Eastern Mindanao Command hosted the 32nd Republic of the Philippines-Republic of Indonesia (RP-RI) Border Committee Chairmen’s Conference held at the Grand Regal Hotel Davao City Wednesday morning. The activity is an enabling process that further strengthens mutual commitment for a peaceful resolution of issues arising borders.
The highlight of the event is the signing of a bilateral agreement which consist of the following agenda: 1. To grant navigational lane and allow Philippine flag fishing vessels to pass through Indonesian Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) in going to high seas pocket to conserve time and expenditure; 2. To set guidelines with regard to the type and size of vessels and the mandatory safety equipment on board the vessels in crossing the border; 3. Extend the area of coordinated patrol operation up to Sulu Islands; 4. Modify the concept of operation of coordinated patrol; 5. Harmonize border crossing stations standing operating procedures in both Philippines and Indonesia stations; and 6. Assignment of custom personnel at border crossing stations and restricts transportation of contrabands (liquor) across the borders.
Lt. Gen. Ricardo Rainier G. Cruz III, Commander of the Eastern Mindanao Command and Chairman of the Philippine Border Committee, members of the Unified Staff and concerned government officials warmly welcomed the Chairman of the Republic of Indonesia Border Committee at the same time Commander, Military Area Command VII Maj. Gen. Tni Bachtiar and party comprised of military officers and concerned Indonesian government officials. Maj. Gen. Bachtiar was accorded with traditional military arrival honor by the Vice-Chairman, Philippine Border Committee and Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao Commander Commo. Antonio A. Habulan Jr at the EASTMINCOM Hqs.
Regional directors and officials from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Department of Social Welfare and Development XI, National Statistics Office XI, Maritime Industry XI, Mindanao Development Authority, Bureau of Immigration, Bureau of Quarantine and Department of Foreign Affairs attended the conference.
“This confidence building measure improves our security relations as evidenced by our willingness to exchange information in order to protect our mutual interest. May I pray for everyone to work together as one team so that we could come up with mutually beneficial solutions to both our concerns. We are hopeful that whatever is finalized in today’s activity will doubly serve our countries and friendship” Lt. Gen. Cruz said
It can be recalled that the Philippines and Indonesia are both signatories of the United Nations on the Convention of the Law of the Seas (UNCLOS) which later created the Regional Fisheries Management Organization and thereafter created the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission aimed of developing resolutions, conservation and management measures relating to fishing operations in the High Seas at the Pacific Ocean.