Tuesday, September 1, 2020

CLGU-Kidapawan, Army conduct Peace Building Seminar to former UGMO Members

MAGPET, Cotabato
– The City Local Government Unit of Kidapawan, North Cotabato in partnership with 72nd Infantry Battalion has conducted a 4-day Peace Building Seminar and Peace Rally to more or less 180 residents who are former members and supporters of Underground Mass Organization (UGMOs) organized by the Communist Terrorist Groups of GF53 coming from the Barangays of Sto Niňo, San Roque, Sikitan and Linangkob. The activity was held at Sikitan Elementary School in Brgy. Sikitan, Kidapawan with the support of Department of Education (DepEd) that commenced last Friday, from August 28-31, 2020.

The said live-in seminar with a theme, “Pagkakaisa Tungo sa Mapayapa at Masaganang Pamumuhay” was facilitated by various Local Government Agencies, CLGU-Kidapawan, IP Sectors, SK-Kidapawan, Youth for Peace Movement-Cotabato, PNP and the troops of 72IB by giving the participants on social, economic, health and political awareness on the different plans and programs of the government intended for them. It was piloted thru a succession of lectures, discussions, group activities, workshops, and consultations; and a sort of deradicalization for them to be re-oriented from communist ideologies and principles.

Furthermore, the activity was the result of the Community Support Program (CSP) Immersion of 72IB which will be sustained by the organized People’s Organization who were former UGMO members, supporters/sympathizers of the Communist Terrorist Groups (CTGs) that will be part and component of the Barangay-based Institution and the Integrated territorial Defense System (ITDS) of the barangay.

With the commitment and continuous support of CLGU-Kidapawan, they all provided the necessary materials and financial support needed particularly for the meals, snacks and transportation during the whole duration of the seminar.

The said activity ended with a Peace Rally infront of the City Hall and subsequently followed by a closing program. The event was graced by Hon. Joseph A Evangelista, City Mayor; CLGOO Ms. Julia Judith Geveso; heads of different Local Gov’t Agencies; SP Members of Kidapawan; CLGU-Staff; Barangay Captains, Tanods, and IP Representatives from different barangays.

“Fron now on, deny the entry of any criminals posed as NPAs in your community, tou just continue doing your work in your farms, the City Government will provide you inputs products and also buy and markets your farm outputs. With the help of 72IB, we will do our best to facilitate the smooth delivery of basic services and address the issues in your barangays. Let's all work together in achieving peace and order in our communities,” Hon. Joseph A Evangelista said in his message.

In response, LTC Rey T Alvarado, Commanding Officer 72IB uttered his gratitude for the active cooperation of the participants that made the activity successful. He also expressed his gratitude to the CLGU for their full support during the conduct of the said activity.

Likewise, the Commander assured that the 72IB will do its best to help them sustain lasting peace and continue doing their sworn duty to the people in North Cotabato.

Source: Civil-Military Operations Office, 72nd Infantry Battalion, PA

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