The Philippine Army’s 53rd Infantry “Matapat” Battalion (53IB) conducted a Peace Building Forum to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC) for Dumingag municipality officers including Mayor Joan Abejuela and barangay officials at 53IB Headquarters at Camp Sabido, Guipos, Zamboanga Del Sur on September 2, 2020.
The said peace forum was the first step in Dumingag municipal government’s counterinsurgency action plan dubbed as OPLAN “AMUMA”, launched in August 2020, to address the insurgency and terrorism in its municipality.
“OPLAN ‘AMUMA’ plays a big role in our municipality as a stepping stone to develop the livelihood of every barangay in Dumingag. Let us stand and work together, and clear our municipality from HQ ‘KALAW’ and MRGU,” Abejuela said.
53rd IB Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Jo-ar Herrera also expressed gratitude to the mayor of Dumingag and the barangay officials for “their never-ceasing support and assistance to 53IB.”
“We are very much happy to have you here in our Battalion for this Peace Building Forum, in which we will make our relationship stronger than ever,” Lt. Col. Herrera said.