The National Task Force in Ending Local Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) Support to Barangay Development Program (SBDP) turned over farm tractors worth P20,695,000 to seven Communist Terrorist Groups (CTGs) cleared barangay beneficiaries in Escalante City, Negros Occidental on Monday, October 11.
The Local Task Force ELCAC of Escalante City with the support of the Negros Army headed by the 303rd Infantry Brigade and 79th Infantry Battalion, DILG Escalante City and PNP launched the Support to Barangay Development Program (SBDP) Turn-over Ceremony of farm tractors to barangays Paitan and Dian-ay – two farm tractors each, and barangays Mabini, Libertad, Pinapugasan, Udtungan and Washington – one tractor each, a press release from the Army.
Based on the results of the Retooled Community Support Program, the needs of the concerned barangays were identified and the BDPs intend to respond to these needs such as the provision of farm-to-market roads, health centers, electrification, water and sanitation facilities, schools, and livelihood projects, the press release said.
Escalante Mayor Melecio Yap Jr. said “the national government, the Philippine Army, and the Armed Forces have done their share. If we have observed, our town is already peaceful, we cannot win this war against insurgency, in a bloody war alone, we will bring government closer to the people but we will involve that people in our governance.”
He said road concreting projects of NTF ELCAC in the Escalante hinterland barangays are also now ongoing. “We will commit that we will pursue this NTF-ELCAC projects of our government no matter what happens,” Yap said.
Brig. Gen. Inocencio Pasaporte, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, said the event marked the beginning of the roll-out of the BDPs in CPP-NPA-NDF cleared areas in Negros Occidental.*