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Groundbreaking Ceremony Marks Peace and Sustainment at Dumingag’s Farthest ELCAC Barangay

In a ceremony symbolizing a major step towards a more peaceful and prosperous future, the Provincial Government of Zamboanga del Sur, Municipal Government of Dumingag, Zamboanga del Sur, and the Philippine Army gathered yesterday, March 12, 2024, to break ground on a critical new road project that will connect Barangay Saad in Dumingag, Zamboanga del Sur and Barangay Bagumbayan in Sergio Osmeña, Zamboanga del Norte.

This vital 8-kilometer infrastructure development will also significantly foster improved connectivity and economic opportunities for residents in both barangays.

The project, which will be funded through Zamboanga del Sur’s Peace and Order funds, aligns perfectly with the government’s campaign to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC). Barangay Saad itself was previously cleared through the Army’s Community Support Program in 2020, showcasing the multifaceted approach the government takes to achieve lasting peace.

Military leaders, including Maj. Gen. Gabriel Viray III, Commander of the 1st Infantry “Tabak” Division, PA; Brig. Gen. Elmer Suderio, Commander of the 102nd Infantry “Igsoon” Brigade, PA; Brig. Gen. Randy Fajilagutan, Commander of the 54th Engineer Brigade, PA joined hands with government officials in this momentous event, which in itself was a testament to the power of convergence and collaboration.

Governor Victor J. Yu, Governor of Zamboanga del Sur and Chairperson of ZDS PTF-ELCAC, was represented by Hon. Maphilindo Obaob, while Representative Divina Grace C. Yu of the 1st District, ZDS was represented by Hon. Francisvic Villamero. Local government was further represented by Hon. Gerry Paglinawan, Municipal Mayor of Dumingag and Chairperson of Dumingag MTF-ELCAC; and Hon. Jeffrey Señara, Barangay Chairman of Saad. The Battalion Commanders of the 53rd, 97th, 106th Infantry Battalions, and the 547th Engineer Battalion also showed their strong support.

This project exemplifies the government’s unwavering commitment to achieving sustained peace and order in the region. The new road will not only improve connectivity between the two barangays but will also serve as a catalyst for economic activity, opening doors to new opportunities for residents. The collaborative efforts displayed during the groundbreaking ceremony serve as a model for achieving lasting peace and development through cooperation between the military, local government, and the communities they serve.

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