By JEROME CATORCE, 19IB PA
April 13, 2016
ORMOC CITY – The City of Ormoc is now the 20th Stable Internal Peace and Security area declared under 19th Infantry Battalion's jurisdiction in the province of Leyte. This when authorities signed on Monday, April 11, 2016 the joint declaration of Stable Internal Peace and Security.
Signatories of the joint declaration were City Mayor Edward Codilla, Vice Mayor Leo Carmelo Locsin, Col. Francisco Mendoza Jr. of the 802nd Infantry Brigade, Lt. Col. Roberto Sarmiento of the 19th Infantry Battalion and Superintendent Joel Camacho of Ormoc City Police Office.
The event was held amidst officials and employees of the city government, military, police and line government agencies.
Ormoc City's chief executive signed the joint declaration per authority granted under the 13th Sangguniang Panlungsod Resolution No. 2016-12.
In his message during the event, Col. Francisco Mendoza said that an area can be declared Stable Internal Peace and Security when insurgency is reduced to a very insignificant level and when insurgents are no longer capable of threatening the communities.
Two weeks ago, the town of San Isidro also under the 19th Infantry Battalion's area of responsibility was declared Stable Internal Peace and Security municipality.
The 19th Infantry Battalion under the leadership of Lt. Col. Roberto Sarmiento is currently working on the declaration of the towns of Isabel, Villaba, Capoocan, Jaro, Tanauan and Tacloban City.