Stake­hold­ers to boost CARP, com­bat in­sur­gency in Ne­gros

Sun Star Bacolod - - Business - BY ERWIN P. NICAVERA

THE Depart­ment of Agrar­ian Re­form (DAR) in Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal - North has con­ducted an ori­en­ta­tion and plan­ning con­fer­ence on the op­er­a­tional­iza­tion of a part­ner­ship with other stake­hold­ers to boost the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Com­pre­hen­sive Agrar­ian Re­form Pro­gram (Carp).

The con­fer­ence held at the North­land Re­sort Ho­tel in Manapla town on Thurs­day was at­tended by per­son­nel of the DAR and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of var­i­ous part­ner agen­cies.

These in­clude the Armed Forces of the Philip­pines (AFP), Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP), lo­cal gov­ern­ment unit (LGU), and mem­bers of 27 agrar­ian re­form ben­e­fi­cia­ries or­ga­ni­za­tions (Ar­bos) in Cadiz City.

Pro­vin­cial Agrar­ian Re­form Pro­gram Of­fi­cer II Car­los Padilla said the ac­tiv­ity aims to boost DAR’S Carp im­ple­men­ta­tion through the help and in­ter­ven­tion of the AFP, PNP, and LGU.

“This is the first batch of a se­ries of ac­tiv­i­ties that will pro­vide a venue for dis­cus­sion to re­solve and avoid prob­lems en­coun­tered by Ar­bos, es­pe­cially is­sues re­gard­ing in­sur­gency,” he added.

Ma­jor Dran­reb Canto, ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of the 79th In­fantry Bat­tal­ion, said AFP per­son­nel were al­ready de­ployed among com­mu­ni­ties to mon­i­tor and in­ves­ti­gate the pres­ence of CPP-NPANDF.

They found out that the rebel group mostly in­fil­trates in ar­eas where agrar­ian re­form-re­lated con­flicts are preva­lent, he added.

Po­lice Ma­jor Robert Man­sueto, chief of Cadiz City Po­lice Sta­tion, em­pha­sized that the ac­tiv­ity is pur­suant to Ex­ec­u­tive Or­der No. 70 Sec­tion 2 dated De­cem­ber 4, 2018 pro­vid­ing for the Cre­ation of Na­tional Task Force to End Lo­cal Com­mu­nist Armed Con­flict.

Man­sueto fur­ther ex­plained that the syn­ergy of these gov­ern­ment agen­cies is a move to at­tain in­clu­sive and sus­tain­able peace for a bet­ter and safer Philip­pines.

The ac­tiv­ity also in­cluded a work­shop and open fo­rum where Ar­bos raised ques­tions and aired con­cerns to­wards par­tic­i­pat­ing agen­cies.*

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

79TH In­fantry Bat­tal­ion Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Ma­jor Dran­reb Canto (stand­ing) speaks at the ori­en­ta­tion and plan­ning con­fer­ence held at the North­land Re­sort Ho­tel in Manapla town on Thurs­day.

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