PRO 8 Efforts on ELCAC Continue
Camp Ruperto Kangleon, Campetik, Palo, Leyte – Police Regional Office (PRO) 8 under the command of PBGEN BERNABE MENDOZA BALBA, Regional Director, continues its operation efforts on program to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC) in the three (3) municipalities of Samar: Sta. Rita, Basey and Marabut.
This is an inter-agency operations of the Philippine National Police in support of the 8th Infantry Division, Philippine Army (8ID, PA) to clear and defeat the Eastern Visayas Regional Party Committee (EVRPC) of the New People’s Army (NPA). The main goal of this program is to end the nonsensical and violent armed struggle of EVRPC and its support structures, which continuously deprives the residents of the identified barangays the lasting peace and development they so deserve.
On July 13, 20 and 22, 2020, this PRO deployed its personnel to compose the Retooled Community Support Program (RCSP) Teams to the above-mentioned municipalities. They were deployed through send-off ceremonies attended by RD Balba together with the 8ID, PA, DILG RO8, BFP RO8 and BJMP RO8. Also present during said ceremonies were the Governor of Samar, Municipal and Provincial Local Government Operations Officer and the Barangay Captains of the targeted barangays.
As of this writing, the RCSP Teams are already at the targeted barangays conducting needs assessment to every household to identify their primary and secondary issues which are being exploited by the NPAs. This action of the RCSP will make them as the community’s bridge to the concerned government agencies in addressing their issues.
With these efforts, there are already eleven (11) recorded NPAs who surrendered along with their firearms. This approach has really a great impact on conveying our armed-brothers on the uplands to submit themselves to the authorities and return back to the fold of the government. As this program is ongoing, PRO 8 is expecting more rebels to surrender and more firearms to be seized.
“With our intensive campaign against terrorism and insurgency, we are hoping for a massive surrender of our armed brothers and convey them to return to the fold of the government. We are also expecting that upon their surrender, more loose firearms will be seized,” says RD Balba.
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