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Php390K cash grants to 6 Ex-rebels in Aurora thru DILG’s E-CLIP

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FORT MAGSAYSAY, Nueva Ecija - Following the intensified anti-insurgency campaign of 91st Infantry (SINAGTALA) Battalion, 7th Infantry (KAUGNAY) Division, Philippine Army, six former rebels (FRs) of the New People’s Army (NPA) in Aurora received Php65K each as the government’s livelihood assistance thru the Department of the Interior and Local Government’s (DILG) Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) on Wednesday, June 01, 2022 at Governor’s Conference Room, Capitol Compound, Barangay Suklayin, Baler, Aurora.

The Commander, 7ID, MGEN ANDREW D COSTELO PA, cites that the joint efforts of the concerned agencies of the government through the Task Force Ending Local Communist Armed Conflicts (ELCAC) paved the way to the provision of Immediate and Livelihood Assistance to the FRs that would serve as start-up capital for their chosen livelihood.

“Ang E-CLIP para sa mga dating rebelde ay patunay kung gaano ka sinsero ang gobyerno sa pagtanggap sa mga naligaw ng landas at tulungan silang makabalik sa normal at mapayapang pamumuhay. Nawa’y magtuloy tuloy ang magandang kooperasyon ng kasundaluhan at iba’t ibang ahensiya ng pamahalaan at stakeholders sa Aurora upang mapanatili itong anti-insurgency free at isang maunlad at mapayapang lalawigan.”

Lt. Col. Julito B. Recto Jr., Acting Commanding Officer of 91IB and Captain Candidato S. Paduman, Civil Military Operation’s (CMO) Officer attended the awarding of E-CLIP together with Aurora Police Provincial Office (APPO), Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO), DILG and Provincial Government of Aurora headed by Aurora Governor Gerardo A. Noveras - E-CLIP Chairperson.

Meanwhile, Recto is hoping that all FRs will help the government by informing their relatives, friends, and fellow rebels who are still in the NPA ranks to lay down their arms and avail E-CLIP.

“I am encouraging you to utilize the money wisely and purposely to help you and your families. This is one way to start a new in embracing the fold of the law and in bringing back to our mainstream society living in peace and harmony,” the acting battalion commander said.

He also said that the 91st IB always opens its doors for the rebels who wish to surrender and avail the E-CLIP.


Authenticated by: The 7th Infantry Division, Public Affairs Office, Fort Ramon Magsaysay, Palayan City, Nueva Ecija.

Members of WGF AMPIS continue to lean to the government

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Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija – With the successive stories of Former Rebels benefiting from the government’s program, two of the remnants of Weakened Guerilla Front AMPIS Ilocos Cordillera Regional Committee (ICRC) are encouraged to voluntary surrender to the troops of 71st Infantry (Kaibigan) Battalion at Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte on June 02, 2022.

Surrendered personalities are identified as alyas Reden, Vice Team Leader and alyas Erold, a member both of squad dos, WGF AMPIS.

Based on their interview, alyas Reden and alyas Erold, disclosed that they left the terrorist group on the 1st quarter 2022 but were afraid to surrender. However, realizing the sincerity of the government in helping all former rebels and with their family’s encouragement, they were convinced to surrender to 71st IB in close coordination with other units of 7ID and PNP.

The Commander of 7th Infantry (Kaugnay) Division Major General Andrew D Costelo expressed his gratitude to 71st Infantry (Kaibigan) Battalion, 81st Infantry (Spartan) Battalion, 69th Infantry (Cougar) Battalion, 24th Infantry (Wildcat) Battalion, 2nd CMO Company and Municipal Police Provincial Office of Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur and also the support of Hon Rafael Ralph Benemerito, Mayor  of Pagudpod for the collaborative efforts that paved way to the surrender of the two personalities.

Maj. Gen. Costelo is also grateful for the gained trust from CTG members who wants to go back to the folds of law, “Mananatiling bukas ang gobyerno sa ating mga kapatid na pagod na at gusto na ng panibagong buhay. Buong puso namin kayong tatanggapin ng walang pag-aalinlangan, gagabayan namin kayong umahon mula sa inyong pagkakalubog at tutulungan namin kayo na makapagsimula muli ng mapayapa at masayang pamumuhay kasama ang inyong pamilya.”


Authenticated by: The 7th Infantry Division, Public Affairs Office, Fort Ramon Magsaysay, Palayan City, Nueva Ecija.
 

Another UP-grad-turned-NPA surrenders to the military

FORT MAGSAYSAY, Nueva Ecija - A graduate of University of the Philippines, Diliman who joined the New People's Army in April 2022 voluntarily surrendered to the local Army troops after fleeing from an encounter on May 30, 2022 in Asipulo, Ifugao. 

"With the help and kindness of the Army troops, I was rescued from an encounter in the hinterlands of Ifugao," said Iego
Ma. Emannuel J. Tan, 28 years old, single, also known as Bagins in the communist armed group. Tan is a former member of UP Anakbayan in 2012 and got his Bachelor of Science degree on Community Development from UP Diliman in 2016. He is also an active member of Concerned Artists of the Philippines since 2019. 

In his signed affidavit, Tan opted to stay under the custody of the Philippine Army for his protection against the NPA threat to his life. "We are currently providing appropriate security assistance to Emman (nickname of Tan) as requested," said Brig. Gen. Krisnamurti Mortela, the 702nd Brigade Commander who facilitated the rescue of Tan. "He is aware of his wrongdoings based on his affidavit, and our legal unit are following the legal process in dealing with his case on this matter."

Based on available data, a total of 18 students or graduates from UP who joined the NPA were killed in armed encounters with government security forces as of February 2022.


Source: .7th Infantry (Kaugnay) Division, Philippine Army

 
 

BCDA reaffirms commitment to AFP modernization

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Photo caption: BCDA Chairman Delfin N. Lorenzana assured the 7th Infantry (Kaugnay) Division of the Philippine Army that BCDA will remain committed to its thrust of helping strengthen the Armed Forces of the Philippines and in supporting its modernization program. (BCDA photo)

Recognizing the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) as an integral partner towards development, the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) reaffirmed its commitment towards continuous cooperation and open dialogue with its major stakeholder, and in supporting its modernization program.

This was guaranteed by BCDA Chairman Delfin N. Lorenzana during the stakeholder’s forum on the role of BCDA in the AFP Modernization that was hosted by BCDA for the 7th Infantry (Kaugnay) Division of the Philippine Army at New Clark City (NCC) on August 25.

"We assure you that the right share from the sales, lease, and joint venture receipts of former military camps in Metro Manila are remitted for the modernization program of the military," said Chairman Lorenzana.

BCDA, a state-controlled enterprise, is mandated to help strengthen the armed forces by building great cities, spearheading the conversion of former military bases into centers of growth and functional replication of military facilities.

Towards this end, the BCDA has been organizing fora since 2011 “to align with AFP” and explain its contribution to the AFP Modernization Program. Under Republic Act No. 7917, thirty-five (35%) percent of BCDA remittances to the national coffers shall be utilized to financially sustain modernization projects and aid in strengthening the AFP.

From 1993 to 2022, a total of PhP 56.4 billion of BCDA disposition proceeds went to the AFP, about PhP 45.3 billion of which went to AFP Modernization Program, while PhP 11.1 billion of its proceeds were utilized in the replication of military facilities.

"This allowed the AFP to acquire game-changing equipment and facilities that will definitely help strengthen our troops and bring us a step closer towards a world-class Armed Forces,” he explained.

Chairman Lorenzana, who was former Defense chief of the Philippines, also expressed gratitude to the 7th Infantry (Kaugnay) Division in their efforts to sustain peace and stability in the region. It can be recalled that the BCDA inked an agreement with the said Philippine Army Division last May for the deployment of paramilitary troops to augment the security force at the New Clark City. 

Meanwhile, BCDA President and Chief Executive Officer Aileen R. Zosa delivered a detailed presentation on the completed and on-going projects of the agency that support the AFP Modernization efforts, and responded to queries and suggestions from the trooper.

"These developments are really for the people. Sa atin itong lahat - for the AFP, the civilians, BCDA, investors and business people. We share in all the benefits of these developments,” Ms. Zosa stressed.

Assistant Division Commander BGen. Luis Rex D. Bergante, speaking on behalf of MGen. Andrew D. Costelo, the Commanding General of the 7th Infantry (Kaugnay) Division, expressed their group’s gratitude for the effort BCDA extended in letting them appreciate developments in New Clark City and updating them on BCDA's initiatives for the AFP.

"I am sure our group will have wider perspectives with regard to the BCDA. We are looking forward to seeing the international and global-standard facilities here in New Clark City. I hope we will have another activity for other Kaugnay troopers, depending on the availability of schedule,” BGen. Bergante said.

After the forum, BCDA Officer-In-Charge for Business Development Ms. Liberty de Leon along with MTD President Nikko David, led the troops to a briefing tour of New Clark City’s world-class sports facilities: the 20,000-seater International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)- certified Class 1 Athletics Stadium, and the 2,000-seater Fédération Internationale de Natation’s (FINA)- approved Aquatics Center.

Other facilities in the New Clark City were also exhibited to the troopers, including the 525-unit condominium-type compound called “The Residences,” the disaster-resilient National Government Administrative Center (NGAC), and the Athletics Village which houses participating athletes and guests to NCC-hosted sporting activities.

Source: .Public Affairs Department, BCDA