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Ceremonial signing of the joint declaration of San Isidro, Leyte as Stable Internal Peace and Security municipality
Col. Francisco Mendoza Jr. and Mayor Susan Ang during the ceremonial signing of the joint declaration of San Isidro, Leyte as Stable Internal Peace and Security municipality on March 28, 2016.

19th Infantry Battalion clears San Isidro, Leyte

By 19th Infantry Battalion, 8ID PA
April 3, 2016

KANANGA, Leyte – The town of San Isidro in the third district of Leyte was officially declared as Stable Internal Peace and Security municipality.

During the flag raising ceremony on Monday, March 28, incumbent Mayor Susan Ang, Colonel Francisco Mendoza Jr of Philippine Army's 802nd Brigade and Police Superintendent Ramil Amodia of the Leyte Provincial Public Safety Company signed a joint declaration of Stable Internal Peace and Security San Isidro, Leyte.

Other signatories were Vice-Mayor Isidro Balmoria, Lt. Col. Roberto Sarmiento, Commanding Officer of the 19th Infantry Battalion, and Senior Inspector Jimmy Boy Balasanos, the Chief of Police.

Mayor Ang signed the declaration by virtue of SB Resolution No. 049-2015 which was adopted after 19th Infantry Battalion's periodic assessment on the peace and security situation in the said town last year.

Lt. Col. Roberto Sarmiento, commanding officer of the 19th Infantry Battalion said San Isidro is already the 19th municipality the unit has declared stable internal peace and security since 2014.

"We have seven (7) towns and cities left to clear before end of this year. These are the towns of Villaba, Isabel, Capoocan, Jaro, Tanauan, Tacloban City and Ormoc City", Lt. Col. Sarmiento said.

The municipality of San Isidro, Leyte was also an erstwhile lair of the dismantled "Buhawi" Platoon of the New Peoples Army (NPA) in Leyte on the early year 2000.

In collaboration with the 19th Infantry Battalion and the Philippine National Police, the local government of San Isidro was able to maintain and peace and security situation in the municipality.

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