Some `evacuees’ from Si­tio Ka­mansi re­turn home safely

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SOME 15 fam­i­lies who were dis­placed due to the re­newed clash be­tween govern­ment sol­diers and com­mu­nist rebels in Si­tio Ka­mansi, Banglay, Lagon­g­long, Misamis Ori­en­tal, last year, have re­turned to their homes on Mon­day, June 10, the mil­i­tary said.

Mem­bers of the 58th In­fantry Bat­tal­ion (58IB) and lo­cal govern­ment of­fi­cials fa­cil­i­tated the re­turn of the evacuees af­ter hold­ing a rit­ual.

The 15 fam­i­lies were part of the evacuees of Si­tio Ca­mansi who ran and sought for refuge at the Old Kiban­ban, Barangay Kiban­ban, Balin­gasag town, when the fire­fight erupted last May 2018.

Their evac­u­a­tion cen­ter is just about seven kilo­me­ters from their com­mu­nity.

Other fam­i­lies took shel­ter at the pro­vin­cial capi­tol grounds in Ca­gayan de Oro City. Un­til now, they refuse to re­turn un­less the mil­i­tary pulls out from their com­mu­nity.

“Kan­ing nan­guli mao ni sila ka­tong nag­pa­bilin sa Old Kiban­ban nga atong gi-des­ig­nate nga evac­u­a­tion cen­ter, wala ni sila mi­uban atong ni­bak­wit sa Capi­tol,”58IB civil mil­i­tary op­er­a­tion of­fi­cer Cap­tain Leo­den Ba­jado said.

Ba­jado said these fam­i­lies have long been want­ing to go back home af­ter the mil­i­tary cleared the area from New Peo­ple’s

Army (NPA) com­bat­ants af­ter the two-week en­counter.

“They have been clam­or­ing to go home since last year but they were told by the lead­ers of the evacuees at Capi­tol grounds that cases will be filed against them if they re­turn for the dam­ages and lost items from the homes of other evacuees,”the mil­i­tary said in a state­ment.

The mil­i­tary co­or­di­nated with Lagon­g­long town mayor Jap Puer­tas to help the af­fected fam­i­lies re­turn to their homes safe.

Teach­ers will also con­tinue to pro­vide ed­u­ca­tion which has been dis­rupted last year, while an elec­tric co­op­er­a­tive vowed to has­ten the re­con­nec­tion of elec­tric­ity in the com­mu­nity.

Also, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the town hall, po­lice, teach­ers, par­ents and troops from 58IB helped the con­duct of Bri­gada Eskwela in Ka­mansi Ele­men­tary School for the ini­tial 31 stu­dents.

58IB com­man­der Lieu­tenant Colonel Roy An­thony Der­ilo said the Army and Lagon­g­long LGU have con­tin­ued to sup­port each other for the sta­bil­ity of peace and de­vel­op­ment in Lan­tadBalatuk­an Com­plex and the whole province as well.

“These com­mu­ni­ties are within the Con­ver­gence Ar­eas for Peace and De­vel­op­ment (CAPDEV) ar­eas and govern­ment ser­vices and de­vel­op­ment will be pri­or­i­tized to build an in­sur­gency-re­silient com­mu­nity and deny the NPA from fur­ther ex­ploita­tion,”Der­ilo said.

“These steps wil lbe part of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s ac­tion to end lo­cal com­mu­nist armed in­sur­gency. The par­tic­i­pa­tion of our for­mer rebels in the Bri­gada Eskwela shows their sin­cer­ity in our peace ef­forts,”he added. Al­wen Salir­ing

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