By DPAO, 8ID PA
March 16, 2016
CARIGARA, Leyte – Another Leyte town is now insurgency-free during the ceremonial signing of Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) declaring Carigara, Leyte as Stable Internal Peace and Security municipality here on March 14, 2016.
The joint declaration that will surely enhance the peace and security of the municipality was signed by Col. Francisco Mendoza Jr., Commander 802nd Infantry Brigade and Mayor Eduardo Ong. The event was witnessed by Lt. Col. Roberto Sarmiento, Commanding Officer of 19th Infantry Battalion, Superintendent Ramil Amodia, Commander of Provincial Public Safety Company, and Chief Inspector Shevert Alvin Machete of Carigara Municipal Police Station.
Lt. Col. Sarmiento emphasized that declaring a municipality or a city as Stable Internal Peace and Security area doesn’t mean the pull-out of soldiers from the area. He also mentioned that there are still six (6) municipalities and two (2) cities under his area of operations that are not yet declared Stable Internal Peace and Security areas. The said towns are Villaba, San Isidro, Isabel, Capoocan, Jaro, and Tanauan. While the two (2) other cities are Tacloban and Ormoc.
The said declaration will not just benefit the local government but also their constituents as it will attract more investors in Carigara. LGU is eyeing to boost the employment and the local economy and revealed that at least two (2) business companies are already planning to establish in Carigara.
Col. Mendoza said that peace and security in Carigara were attained due to the collaboration of the AFP, PNP, and the stakeholders in the said municipality.
“The army remains to be peace advocates, protector and servant of the people,” Mendoza added.