Placer, Surigao del Norte – the Army Commander in Surigao del Norte congratulated the Local leaders and residents of the town of Mainit, Surigao del Norte for being the first town of Surigao del Norte to first Launched its Municipal Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (MTF ELCAC), Thursday, October 30, 2019 at Barangay San Francisco Covered Court, Mainit, Surigao del Norte.
Present during the Launching were Hon. Crisanta O Mondano, Mainit Municipal Mayor as well as the chairperson of the MTF ELCAC, other partners and stakeholders, and Mainit townfolks.
The Launching is a manifestation of Team Mainit’s support to Executive order 70. It is also a manifestation of their town and its 21 barangays of the presence of the CNTs. This collective desire to embrace peace was put into action through the signing of the Pledge of Commitment by the Mainit TF-ELCAC members, partners and other stakeholders.
Another Highlight was the “Serbisyong Hingpit para sa Mainit” a Government on wheels” Program of Mayor “Nene.” Residents of barangays received the different government services such as – medical consultation and treatment by the RHU personnel, Libreng Gupit and Peace Concert by the AFP and PNP, and distribution of school supplies, slippers and seedlings by the LGU-Mainit department heads. Prior to the barangay San Francisco, Serbisyo Hingpit had been to barangay Paco, Silop and Bobonaon all of Mainit, Surigao del Norte.
In her message, Mayor Nene challenged her constituents to reject outright the CNTs and its alied left-leaning organizations in order to move forward in one direction particularly in ending the local communist armed conflict and attain a long and lasting peace in their town.
“Tell your relatives not to believe to the lies of the communist, we have long been deceived by them, their objective is to overthrow our government because they want to take over. Let us help hand-in-hand to stop the support to this communist NPA terrorists so that our community will progress. Our Launching of our TF-ELCAC means that good governance will be rendered to all peace-loving Mainit local government, the provincial government, or our national government, will be specially brought to the farthest of our barangays, and to all of our people, be it Bisaya or our Mamanwa IPs.” Mondano added.
Lt. Col. Jeffrey A Villarosa, Commanding Officer of 30th Infantry Battalion (30IB) lauded and congratulated Team Mainit for being the first town to have launched a municipal level TF-ELCAC in the whole province of Surigao del Norte. He further stated that 30IB will be more resolved to rid Mainit and the whole province of SDN with all elements of the Communist NPA Terrorists.
“Let us Hand-in-hand protect what we have achieved, your previously CNT-affected barangays are now free from the communist influence. Let us keep it that way through a highly active and well performing barangay-based institutions, through our highly empowered peace-loving Peoples Organizations, through our common desire to have peace and development in our town of Mainit. Let us received Mainit residents who are now active NPA members by helping them surrender so they can once again live normal lives together with their families and Love ones. Let us help previous NPA members to formally surrender so they can finally clear their names of the CNT stigma. Let us collectively police our community and send our message to CNT organizers that they are not welcome even in our most isolated Sitio or Purok. This is our contribution towards a CNT-free Suriogao del Norte.” Villarosa added.
Mainit TF-ELCAC was institutionalized through a joint Resolution No.1, s. 2019 on September 30, 2019 of the Municipal Development Council (MDC) and Municipal Peace and Order Council (MPOC).