By Nora L. Molde
NASIPIT, Agusan del Norte, Oct. 24 (PIA) – The Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) of the province of Agusan del Norte has strengthened its strategies to end local communist armed conflict by bringing different government services directly to the people in the identified far-flung barangays especially those rebel infested villages.
More than 2,000 residents of Barangays Camagong, Aclan and Jaguimitan have benefitted the free services from the government during the conduct of the PPOC immersion with the help of the different government offices in the province.
Nasipit Mayor Enrico Corvera said the conduct of the PPOC immersion in his municipality is of great help in bringing the services of the government to the different areas where insurgency is present. This will also a strategy in knowing what are the other needs of the residents.
Aside from the different services like medical and dental consultations, seedlings of fruit-bearing trees were also given.
Belmore Diamante, one of the beneficiaries during the PPOC immersion, was thankful for bringing the services to their area. He said because of this, he felt the presence of the government and availed what is being offered to them for free.
Also, Juanita Prejoles, one of the senior citizens of barangay Camagong, who received free reading glasses said this is the first time that she received such assistance from the government.
Governor Dale Corvera believed that poverty and lack of services to the people are the reasons why other people still support the propaganda of the New Peoples Army (NPA).
He said the Provincial Peace and Order Council is working to bring the government services needed to the barangays especially those rebel-infested areas.
Also, Rep. Maria Angelica Rosedell Amante-Matba called on other NPA members to go back to the government. "There is no reason why you will go against the government, because we are doing everything to help you," she said.
The conduct of the PPOC immersion in the barangays is one way to fully implement Executive Order No. 70 of President Rodrigo Duterte to end local communist armed conflict in the area, said Provincial Director Ellen Vee Chua of the Department of the Interior and Local Government. (NCLM/PIA Agusan del Norte)