Cabanglasan, Bukidnon Local TF- ELCAC launches Php 20M BDP Project to End Local Communist Armed Conflict

Maramag Bukidnon – The Local Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (LTF-ELCAC) of Cabanglasan, Bukidnon together with the other local government agencies and the Philippine Army launched the Php 20 Million Local Government Support Fund – Support to Barangay Development Program (LGSF-SBDP) in Sitio Malinao, Barangay Cananga-an, Cabanglasan, Bukidnon last September 03, 2021.

The simple groundbreaking ceremony was attended by HON. RENANTE V. INOCANDO, Municipal Mayor of Cabanglasan, DIR. ARNEL M AGABE, DILG Region 10 Director, BGEN FERDINAND T BARANDON PA, Commander of 403rd Infantry (Peacemaker) Brigade, LTC CHRISTIAN JAMES P VINGNO, Commanding Officer of 88IB and other local government officials of the said municipality.

The Php 20M project will compose the construction of Farm to Market Road, Solar Dryers, Health Station, Water System and provision Farm implements to the farmers of the 6 sitios of Brgy Cananga-an that were formerly influenced by NPAs. Considered to be Geographically Isolated and Disadvantage Areas (GIDAs), these sitios are frequently visited by the NPAs and most of the populace are members of the underground movement who have surrendered and pledged allegiance to the government after the massive conduct of Community Support Program of the Phil Army.

Mayor Inocando in his messgae expressed his deep appreciation to the efforts of the government thru PRRDs EO70 who made this project possible. He further praise the Philippine Army for the conduct Community Support Program in NPA influenced barangays and sitios of his municipality as this program determines the identification of BDP beneficiaries.

On the other hand, BGEN FERDINAND T BARANDON, Commander of 403rd Brigade in his statement said: “Barangay Development Program is the answer to the primary issues that our enemies used to exploit in organizing communities to support their cause. It will surely help us in totally ending this 52- year insurgency problem, Barandon added.

LTC CHRISTIAN JAMES P VINGNO, Commanding officer of 88IB, on his part expressed his gratitude for the full support of LGU Cabanglasan for the realization of the BDP projects. He further states, that the 88IB will continue to facilitate the creation of conflict resilient communities by addressing the armed component of the Communist Terrorist Group to ensure peace and order in the Municipality of Cabanglasan. It will also help in monitoring the proper implementation the above mentioned BDP projects through its Mobile Community Support and Sustainment Teams (MCSST).

The Barangay Development Program (BDP) is the hallmark program of the NTF-ELCAC established with the end goal of bringing development to former conflict ridden communities. The BDP is directed to the sustainable rehabilitation and development of 822 barangays in the country formerly established as guerilla fronts of the CPP-NPA-NDF. Each barangay is provided with 20 million pesos each for their respective projects, for a total of 16.44 billion pesos allocated funding.

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