BUENAVISTA, Agusan del Norte, Oct. 9 -- The local government unit (LGU) of Sibagat, together with the 23rd Infantry (Masigasig) Battalion, and the Philippine National Police (PNP) Caraga conducted the send-off ceremony for the Community Support Program-Community Action (CSP-ComAct) Teams held on October 8, 2019 at the headquarters, Charlie Company, 23IB, Brgy. Poblacion, Sibagat, Agusan del Sur.
The deployment of the CSP teams is in line with the Development Support and Security Plan "Kapayapaan" of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), which aims to conduct development support operations; sustain peace efforts; ensure security; and help maintain public order to foster the foundation for economic and human development.
The activity symbolizes that the LGU, PNP, AFP and other stakeholders are one in achieving conflict-resilient, as well as disaster-resilient communities.
Mayor Ma. Liza L. Evangelista of Sibagat, Agusan del Sur was the honored guest speaker of said ceremony.
"It is our pleasure to fully support the program. You have been doing CSP, and the people with the local government have also been doing their best in bringing the government closer to the people. The lady mayor bared that she is thankful for this program and hopefully, this will kick-off a big difference. "I am a believer of Executive Order No. 70 and I believe that in everything we do in the government, it has to be a whole-of-nation approach. There is always this convergence of efforts; it is not always in the local government or from the people, but with all the partner agencies as well," she said.
Meanwhile, Lt. Col. Francisco L. Molina Jr., commanding officer of 23IB, highlighted that "The CSP operation is one of our means to help our local government units in addressing the peace and security concerns of the communities and to deliver basic government services especially in the far-flung and conflict-affected areas. It also aims to bring our government closer to the people by delivering quality services down to the grassroots."
This event also formed part of the implementation of the Executive Order No. 70 or the whole-of-nation approach to end local communist armed conflict in the region. (1Lt. Roel Maglalang, CMO, 23IB/ PIA-Agusan del Sur)