Guv vows to improve facilities for ex-rebels

Compostela Valley Gov. Jayvee Tyron Uy has vowed to rehabilitate the transient facilities for former rebels (FR) at the headquarters of the Philippine Army’s 71st Infantry Battalion based in Mawab town to house more rebel returnees as the mass surrender continues.

Rep. Ruwel Peter Gonzaga (Compostela Valley, Second District) and Mawab Municipal Mayor Ruperto Gonzaga III, supported the move of Uy who chairs the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC).
Uy, together with Rep. Gonzaga and Mayor Gonzaga, visited the 71st IB headquarters in Barangay Nueva Visayas, Mawab on Friday morning. The Kaibigan Troopers, led by Lt. Col. Esteveyn Ducusin, welcomed the officials.

1Lt. Jhocell Asis, the 71st IB civil-military operations (CMO) officer, said the purpose of the visit is to discuss the current thrust and programs of the battalion in support to the government’s peace and development initiatives, particularly in the towns of Maco and Mawab, both in Compostela Valley.

Ducusin toured the officials at the temporary shelter for rebel returnees inside the battalion headquarters.

The army also presented nine high-powered firearms, four improvised explosive devices, and other paraphernalia recovered by the 71st IB troopers during the clashes against communist rebels in Maco last June 9 and 12.

The local officials appreciated the efforts of the battalion in the conduct of internal peace and security operations that gain positive impact for the local residents.

“It symbolizes convergence of efforts between the government leaders and the Army to collaborate and work together in addressing the issues and concerns of the people primarily those who were easily exploited by the NPA,” Ducusin said.

“It makes the people realize that the government is sincere in performing its responsibilities and duties to the community. With the renewed determination and commitment, we can simply gain peace that we all longing for and make our place ready for development and progress,” he added.

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