The Philippine Army’s 53rd Infantry “Matapat” Battalion (53IB) acknowledged the different Government Agencies that initiated End Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC) projects in the Province of Zamboanga del Sur during the meeting of the Provincial Peace and Order Council on February 2, 2020 in Pagadian City.
53IB Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Jo-ar Herrera mentioned the Government Agencies’ contributions in collaboration with 53IB including the following:
- Department of Agriculture Livelihood Programs and Capacity-Building
- Department of Interior and Local Government Halfway House and Livelihood Cash Assistance for Former Rebels
- Department of Social Welfare and Development Livelihood and Cash Assistance for Former Rebels
- Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Skills Enhancement Training for Former Rebels
“Our continued partnerships with various Government Agencies have been sustaining our gains in finally ending the local communist armed conflict in the province of Zamboanga del Sur,” Lt. Col. Herrera said.
Present during the PPOC meeting were Maj. Gen. Gene Ponio, 1st Infantry “TABAK” Division Commander, BGen. Leonel Nicolas, 102nd “IGSOON” Brigade Commander, Provincial Governor VIctor Yu, DILG Provincial Director Moh. Taha Arakama, ZDS PPO Director PCol. Redentor Retusto, Provincial Council Members, and Mayors of Zamboanga del Sur.