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NPA in Southern Luzon reduced by 18% - SOLCOM

LUCENA CITY, Quezon, Dec. 26 (PIA) -- The Southern Luzon Command (SOLCOM) proved to have effectively attained its combat and non-combat objectives in Southern Tagalog and Bicol Regions as New People’s Army (NPA) capability declined by 18 percent from 2010 to year 2011.
SOLCOM Commander, LtGen Roland Detabali said that these downtrends are in terms of strength, firearms and influenced barangay and these can be attributed to the active implementation of the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ (AFP) new campaign plan “Bayanihan.”
“Enemy atrocity against government forces posted a significant decrease particularly in Southern Tagalog area. This decrease was attributed to the improvement of force protection and gaining of confidence from the people.” he said
LtGen Detabali further explained that the internal peace and security efforts undertaken by the Command in Southern Tagalog resulted in then neutralization of more than 105 NPAs who were either casualty in encounters, captured, arrested by virtue of standing warrants of arrest and those who opted to return to the fold of law by voluntarily surrendering.
Meanwhile, hand and hand with the military operations are the non-military dimensions being given premium in line with Internal Peace Security Plan Bayanihan such as the Department of Health (DOH), through the support and partnership of the Command resulted to a more than 1,803 medical and Dental mission that provide free medical checkup, ophthalmology, reflexology and free distribution of medicines which benefitted by more or less 97,062 people.
In addition, SOLCOM participation in environmental concern had always been in continuous basis as the troops are involved in conduct of tree planting activities, coastal cleanup drives, anti-illegal logging, anti-illegal fishing, ‘bantay’ illegal drugs’and ‘Bantay’ Waste Disposal in different communities in Southern Luzon,” LtGen Detabali said.
He further elaborated that the Command conducted more than 269 and 96 tree planting and coastal cleanup drive activities respectively, a total of 1,186 anti-illegal logging activities, 220 anti-illegal fishing and 1,167 ‘Bantay’ illegal drugs were conducted.
“These Environmental projects are part of SOLCOM’s support to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ (DENR) National Greening Program, operated this year,” he added.
Moreover, SOLCOM has recorded eighty four (84) former rebel beneficiaries who received financial and livelihood assistance from the government’s Social Integration Program (SIP). However, 67 are still on process in the Office of the Presidential Adviser for Peace Process (OPAPP).
Furthermore, SOLCOM had been able to conduct its Disaster Response and Rescue Operations (DRRO) during typhoons Ondoy, Bebeng, Pedring, Juaning, Chedeng and Quiel. (Col. Generoso Bolina, SOLCOM/JMG, PIA-Quezon)
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PIA Press Release
Monday, December 26, 2011


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