By Mike Crismundo
BUTUAN CITY – In an effort to end armed conflict, the provincial government of Agusan del Norte on Tuesday has strengthened its strategies to end the communist armed conflict.
Through its Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC), the local officials widened their social services up to the “grassroots level” particularly the former CPP-NPA infested areas.
Gov. Dale B. Corvera and Agusan del Norte 1st District Rep. Ma. Angelica Rosedell M. Amante-Matba and this progressive town Chief Executive Mayor Enrico Corvera and all provincial, municipal and barangay officials are united in bringing all the way the government services to far-flung communities.
Just last week, more than 2,000 villagers, including highland lumad (natives) of Barangays Camagong, Aclan and Jaguimitanin this town had benefited the free services from the government during the conduct of the PPOC immersion.
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.
These far-flung villagers received different services such as medical consultations with free medicines, free reading glasses for senior citizen, dental, and free seedlings of fruit-bearing trees were given.
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 is also a strategy in knowing what are the other needs of the residents, the town’s chief executive added.
Highland and far-flung villagers were thankful to the local officials for bringing the services to their area.
Because of these services, they felt the presence of the government and availed what is being offered to them for free.
Gov.Corvera believed that poverty and lack of services to the people are the reasons why other highland people support the communist-New People’s Army (NPA).
He said the provincial government through the PPOC is working hard to bring the government services needed to the barangays especially rebel-infested areas.
On the other hand, Rep. Amante-Matba called on other remaining NPAs to go back to the folds of the law.
“There is no reason why you will go against the government, because we are doing everything now to help you,” she added.