Manila Bulletin

Camiguin is peace­ful and ready for more devel­op­ment

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CAMP BANCASI, Butuan City — Of­fi­cials of the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment of Camiguin Is­land in North­ern Min­danao on Tues­day inked a Mem­o­ran­dum of Agree­ment (MOA) with the top of­fi­cials of the Armed Forces of the Philip­pines (AFP) and Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) declar­ing the prov­ince as “peace­ful and ready for fur­ther devel­op­ment”.

The his­toric sign­ing was wit­nessed by other of­fi­cials from the AFP and PNP, line agen­cies of the gov­ern­ment, non-gov­ern­ment or­ga­ni­za­tion, re­li­gious lead­ers and Camigu­inons in a cer­e­mony held at the Pro­vin­cial Capitol, in Cami- guin Is­land.

Col. Jesse A. Al­varez, com­mand­ing of­fi­cer of the Army’s 403rd In­fantry Brigade and Po­lice Se­nior Supt. Wil­fredo P. Cayat, Pro­vin­cial Direc­tor of Camiguin Pro­vin­cial Po­lice Of­fice (PPO) jointly rec­om­mended to the Pro­vin­cial Peace and Or­der Coun­cil (PPOC) of Camiguin Is­land that the prov­ince be de­clared peace­ful and ready for fur­ther devel­op­ment.

Just like the sit­u­a­tion in the prov­ince of Di­na­gat Is­lands (PDI) in North­east­ern Min­danao ( Caraga re­gion), Camiguin was con­sid­ered in­sur­gen­cyfree based on the fol­low­ing pa­ram­e­ters: there has been no in­flu­ence of the CPP-NPA; no record of ter­ror­ist and NPA- ini­ti­ated vi­o­lent in­ci­dents; crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties are man­age­able by the PNP; and the prov­ince has noted pos­i­tive in­di­ca­tors of im­proved de­liv­ery of so­cial ser­vices in its ru­ral ar­eas, such as health ser­vices and wider reach of jus­tice, as ar­tic­u­lated be­fore the PPOC.

Maj. Gen­eral Os­car T. Lac­tao, com­mand­ing gen­eral of the AFP’s North­east­ern and North­ern Min­danao 4th In­fantry (Di­a­mond) Di­vi­sion (4th ID) said he sees a bright fu­ture for Camiguin prov­ince.

“The fu­ture is very bright for Camiguin,” he said. (Mike U. Cris­mundo)

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