The 4th Infantry Division area of operation covering Northern Mindanao and Caraga regions remain peaceful since the declaration of the Unilateral Ceasefire on 21 August 2016.
“Since the declaration by our Commander-in-Chief, President Rodrigo Duterte, there were no incidents of armed encounters between the 4ID line units and the New People’s Army in our area of responsibility. This is because of our strict adherence to the provisions underlined in the said declaration. Our troops are now focused on community development activities in tandem with the stakeholders and on supporting the PNP in law enforcement operations,” said
For the period, 4ID has focused its effort on securing all vital installations as part of the Bayanihan Investment Protection and Security Operations (BIPSO); support to law enforcement operations of the Philippine National Police (PNP), particularly on anti-illegal drug operations; and supporting the Bayanihan programs or the whole-of-nation initiatives that are jointly undertaken by all stakeholders to help the people and the communities.
Meanwhile, the division’s support to anti-illegal drug operations led to the successful confiscation of marijuana and shabu worth P29 million in the two regions. Moreover, a total of eight drug personalities were arrested and apprehended; and thousands of drug users have surrendered during the joint conduct of operation “Tokhang.”
In line with the division’s participation to the government’s Whole-of-Nation initiatives or the Bayanihan programs, a total of 119 barangays in two regions are now conflict manageable and are ready for further development, and 23 more are currently undergoing evaluation and validation. The Bayanihan activities are all local government led; and are aimed to harmonize the stakeholder’s effort to help improve the people’s livelihood condition particularly in areas that are previously affected by armed-conflicts.
“In observance to the declaration of the unilateral ceasefire with the CNN, a Memorandum of Understanding or Memorandum of Agreement (MOU or MOA) have been ensured by all stakeholders involved for the conduct of these Bayanihan activities in regions 10 & 13 in order to have a clear guidance on what specific role should they contribute for the success of the peace and development programs,” said MGen Madrigal.
Furthermore, since the declaration of ceasefire, a total of 46 former NPA members have already returned to the mainstream society in two regions and have been participating in all Bayanihan efforts. They have seen how they can benefit from the Bayanihan projects for the betterment of their lives and their families as well.