Sunday, January 24, 2016

Once an NPA Stronghold, Now a Model of Peace and Development

Butuan City – A former stronghold of the New People’s Army (NPA), armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), has been transformed into a land of promise and hope, rebuilt through the collaboration of various agencies in a classic example of local teamwork or “bayanihan.”

Different agencies of the government, particularly the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), have joined hands in making the village of Lantad, the acknowledged stronghold in Mindanao of the NPA for decades, an economically viable community.

Through the agencies’ “bayanihan” effort, in cooperation with the local folk, Lantad in Balingasag town, Misamis Oriental is now considered a progressive highland village in Northern Mindanao.

This was disclosed during a meeting with key stakeholders and officials of the PNP and AFP) in Cagayan de Oro City last week.

It was noted that immense improvement in the delivery of basic services, the provision of livelihood opportunities and education for the youth has yielded positive results in Lantad.

Bayanihan activities in 2015 included second peace caravan with a theme, “Nagkahiusang Nasud alang sa Kalinaw” (One Nation for Peace), in Lianga and Marihatag towns, both in Surigao del Sur and in Loreto, Agusan del Sur.

The electrification project in Lantad, dubbed as “Light for Peace,” also signaled the entry of electricity in the area which enhanced the productivity, information and education infrastructure for its residents.


No comments:

Post a Comment