chopper, PGMA landed at San Jose de Buan Elementary School quadrangle
where all students, teachers, parents, local officials, PNP and Army
were excitingly waiting.
The visit of PGMA in
SJDB gave more encouragement to the localities since the said
municipality is still a developing municipality.
PGMA inaugurated six
(4) KBP projects such as the two (2) units of school building, two (2)
health centers and two (2) street lighting projects, all constructed
by the Army Engineers since civilian contractors hesitated to accept
the said projects because of security concerns.
It can be recalled
that SJDB was known to be highly influenced by the terrorist NPA about
few years ago where encounters between the terrorist and the military
were just ordinary.
Mayor Melania Rebato
attributed the new SJDB (as what she described) to the military and
PNP who untiringly performed their mandated task to secure their
people and municipality. She especially mentioned the Social
Integration Program (SIP) of the government that gives second chance
and a new life to the former rebels.
She also said that if
she will assess the improvement of peace and order in her
municipality, she is assured of about 70% to 80% better as compared to
the previous years.
She also stated that
with the cooperation of the localities and the local officials to the
law enforcers and to the military, development in SJDB was given
Improvement of access
roads and highways are another projects being hoped for by the mayor
for according to her, the economy of his municipality will continue to
boom if they have more improved roads and highways.
General Arthur I Tabaquero, commander of Army’s 8th Infantry Division
who is operationally responsible for the peace and order in Region 8
said in a separate interview that his Division will continue to make
necessary actions in order to totally eradicate causes why development
is hardly infused in the area.
“Through the 34th
Infantry Battalion, your Army will continue to coordinate with the
municipal officials so as the peace and development is concerned”,
MajGen Tabaquero added.
“The only factor that
affects why a certain place is very hard to develop is the peace and
order situation. And now that the support of the civilian entities
and other stakeholders are visibly seen and felt, we can guarantee
that the insurgents in the area are soon be dismantled”, he sounded.
He also said that PGMA
might not have inaugurated KBP projects in San Jose de Buan if the
people allowed the local terrorist group to sabotage and destroy all
equipment and materials during its implementation.
“May I take this
opportunity to bring forth to other community to call for their
continued share of support in order to totally achieve our prime goal
in the province, and that is development”, Major General Tabaquero