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CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur-A total of 130 bags of blood from Bicol were transported to Philippine Blood Center in Manila to aid the supply of blood in different hospitals and other health facilities in CALABARZON, Monday, January 27.

 Said blood bags were sourced out from the bloodletting activity of the 9th Infantry Division (9ID) in partnership with Bicol Medical Center (BMC) last January 22 where 112 bags were collected from successful blood donors, mostly military personnel and ROTC students.

 The additional 18 bags were pulled out from 9ID's blood bank account in the BMC's Blood Bank and Transfusion Services.

 According to Dr. Raymundo B. Ibarrientos, FPSP, Head of the hospital's Blood Bank and Transfusion Service, they received a call from the Philippine Blood Center asking for assistance to support the blood supply in Region IV-A which is severely affected by the Taal Volcano eruption.

 "Nangangailangan na daw po ng tulong ang CALABARZON kasi marami na raw ospital at facility ng gobyerno na hindi ngayon makapag-operate para sa dugo [blood services]," Dr. Ibarientos added.

 It was learned that BMC supplies blood to different health facilities in Bicol and to make sure that their stock will remain enough for the patients in the region, they decided to conduct a blood donation campaign.

 "Nagmamadali po tayo at kulang sa oras. Ang pinakauna po naming naisip na source ng dugo ay ang Philippine Army," Dr. Ibarientos narrated.

 Dr. Ibarientos emphasized that they are very grateful for the immediate response of the Philippine Army with their request for a voluntary blood donation campaign.

 He said that it is hard to gather more than a hundred of blood bags in one-day blood-letting event but with the help of all the voluntary donors, their goal was achieved.

 Aside from the blood supply, BMC also coordinated with 9ID and the Philippine Air Force (PAF) for the transportation of the blood units.

 "Nung una, by land yong aming plano pero nung pumasok ang Philippine Air Force na nag volunteer na sila ang maghahatid ng dugo, so, immediately we coordinated with Philippine Army and the Philippine Air Force para i-transport and natuwa naman kami kasi immediately yong response nila pagdating doon sa request ay granted kaagad," Mario Cecilio Chavez, Blood Program Coordinator of BMC's National Voluntary Blood Services Program, emphasized.

 He said that these consolidated efforts will greatly help the region especially that they cannot organize blood donation campaigns because of the effect of the eruption.

 "Yong consolidated efforts ng lahat ng agency, 'yon ang pinakaimportante na maideliver natin yong pangangailangan ng dugo sa mga pasyente," Chavez added.

 At 10AM yesterday, the blood units were loaded to the PAF's rescue helicopter together with the two nurses from the BMC who endorsed it to the PBC at the Villamor Airbase.

 The PBC will now distribute the blood units to the hospitals to cope up with their needs.

 The blood units are whole blood and can be used by patients who gave birth or those who suffered serious physical injuries.

 Furthermore, 9ID under MGEN FERNANDO T TRINIDAD AFP is more than grateful to be able to extend help to those in need.

 Gen. Trinidad underscored that it is during this time that we need to be more intentional in fostering unity and give importance to the true meaning of "bayanihan."

 

 

CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur-A high-ranking leader of the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) was killed in the armed clash between the government troops and communist terrorists in Barangay Submakin, Labo, Camarines Norte, Tuesday, January 14.

 

The 96th Infantry (ALAB) Battalion (96IB) identified the slain CTG leader as Marlon Asis AKA Pots, Commanding Officer of Sub Regional Yunit Guerilla (SRYG), Sentro de Grabidad (SDG), Larangan 1 (L1), Komiteng Probinsya 1 (KP1) of Bicol Regional Party Committee (BRPC).

 

According to the report, joint elements of 96IB and 2nd Provincial Mobile Force Company (2PMFC) of Camarines Norte Police Provincial Office (CNPPO) were conducting security operations around 6 o’clock in the morning in response to a report of the CTG’s presence in the area when they encountered at least 15 communist terrorists.

 

A 45-minute gunfight broke out before the enemies scurried towards different directions leaving their dead comrade behind.

 

Aside from one soldier who suffered minor injuries, no other from the troops were harmed in the incident.

 

Recovered in the encounter site were two high powered firearms and other personal belongings.

 

Meanwhile, six other suspected CTG members were apprehended during the hot pursuit operation and are now at the custody of Philippine National Police for further investigations.

 

Confiscated from them were three molotovs and a caliber .45 pistol.

 

Prior to this, an armed clash between government forces and the communist terrorist also transpired at Jose Panganiban town last Friday, January 10 wherein three M16A1 rifle, one M203 grande launcher, four improvised explosive device (IEDS), laptops, cellphones and subversive documents were recovered.

 

Said CTG members were believed to be conducting recovery efforts to regain their lost mass bases which is being opposed by the residents who are fed up with the violence and harm being spread by the communist terrorists.

 

LTC LUZMINDO MAMAUAG JR, Battalion Commander of 96IB said that the military is grateful for the support of the local populace in providing information about the presence of the CTGs.

 

Joint Task Force Bicolandia (JTFB) under MGEN FERNANDO T TRINIDAD AFP on the other hand reiterated the call of the government for the communist terrorists to abandon the armed movement and avail of the various programs of the government thru the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC).

 

 

CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur-More and more rebels are now responding to the call of the government for them to abandon the armed movement and its useless cause.

 

Two members of Komiteng Seksyon sa Platoon 3 of Larangan 1, two members of Milisyang Bayan, one SPL and one supporter all of Komiteng Probinsya 4 voluntarily surrendered to the 2nd Infantry Battalion (2IB) Thursday, November 21.

 

One cal. 357 revolver, four homemade shotgun and an improvised explosive device (IED) were also turned over to the said unit.

 

These surrenderees are now added to the snowballing number of rebel returnees who were encouraged to return to the folds of the law and live peacefully with their families instead of hiding in the mountains and allow themselves to be used in the Communist Terrorist Group's (CTG's) illegal activities.

 

Joint Task Force Bicolandia (JTFB) under MGEN FERNANDO T TRINIDAD AFP highlighted that these developments are product of relentless efforts of the government especially the Army's Community Support Program (CSP). 

 

Through CSP, residents in conflict-affected areas are enlightened about the true motive of the terrorists and are discouraged to support them but rather convince their relatives and friends who are members of CTG to surrender.

 

Furthermore, JTFB lauds the significant participation of former rebels in encouraging their former comrades to lay down their arms and avail of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) and other assistance made available by other government agencies through the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict 5 (RTF-ELCAC5) or Task Force Katuninongan asin Kauswagan.

 

It can be recalled that more than a hundred of rebel returnees who surrendered in Masbate were given an almost P2 million worth of financial assistance last month during the very first successful peace rally and service caravan in Cawayan town.

 

With the RTF-ELCAC which was created through the Executive Order No. 70 of Duterte administration, programs of different government agencies are synchronized to bring efficient services to the people and put an end to the five-decade insurgency.

 

 

CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur-With the sudden outpour of armed rebels surrendering to the government, another half-way house is set to be constructed in Sorsogon province.

 

No less than the Governor of the province, Francis “Chiz” Escudero led the turn-over of cheque and the groundbreaking ceremony of the P5 million worth half-way house for the Happy Home Project in Barangay Cogon, Juban town, Thursday, November 21.

 

The ceremony marks the start of the construction of the facility which will serve as temporary shelter for rebel returnees as they undergo the process of reintegration to the mainstream society.

 

Witnessing the event were the Commander of Joint Task Force Bicolandia, MGEN FERNANDO T TRINIDAD AFP, Regional Director of Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Bicol Atty. Anthony Nuyda, officials of Provincial Social Welfare and Development (PSWD), Taskforce Balik-loob Bicolandia, PNP and other E-CLIP committee members.

 

In his message, Gen. Trinidad thanked the provincial government for helping the former armed insurgents to reestablish their lives outside the armed movement which aids the relentless campaign to end the insurgency in the region.

 

“Sa pagtatayo ng half-way house na ito, nakakasiguro ako na mas magiging ligtas ang ating mga dating rebelde habang kasalukuyang sumasailalim sa mga programa ng E-CLIP. Kaugnay nito, patuloy pa rin naming hinihikayat ang ating mga local chief executives na pamarisan ang ganitong mga gawain upang mas maitaguyod ang kapakanan ng ating mga kapwa Bicolano na nais magbagong buhay na malayo sa kaguluhan,” Gen. Trinidad added.

 

[With the construction of this half-way house, I am confident that former rebels are safe while undergoing the program of the government’s E-CLIP. In connection with this, we are continuously encouraging other local chief executives to do the same and help us in uplifting the lives of our fellow Bicolanos who want to start a more peaceful life.]

 

Sorsogon is one of the three provinces in Bicol to have its own half-way house.

 

With the full-swing implementation of Executive Order No. 70 (EO 70) or the Whole-of-Nation Approach, more public facilities and projects are on its way to address the needed services in every community and stop the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) from using these problems to discredit the government and mislead the people that revolution is the only solution.

 

Furthermore, JTFB continues to magnify its call for unity and cooperation of everyone to attain a lasting peace in the region.

 

 

CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur-Authorities nabbed two members of the Communist Terrorist Group around 6 o'clock in the evening in Uson town, Masbate province, Monday, November 11.

Arrested armed rebels were identified as Alex Goyala alias Nonoy and Leo Briol alias Leon.

According to the report, the two were onboard a motorcycle when flagged down by the joint elements of 2nd Infantry Battalion (2IB), 2nd Provincial Mobile Force Company (2PMFC) and Uson Municipal Police Station (MPS).

Seized from them were two (2) caliber .45 pistols, magazine with service ammunitions and one hand grenade.

Suspects are now under the custody of Uson-MPS for further investigations while cases for violating RA 10591 or illegal posession of firearms and RA 9516 or illegal possesion of explosives are now being prepared against them.

Joint Task Force Bicolandia (JTFB) under MGEN FERNANDO T TRINIDAD AFP once again assured the Bicolanos of a more intensified operations against the CTG's to stop them from spreading violence in the communities.

It can be recalled that a Punong Barangay who is an active member of the CTG was killed in an armed encounter a week ago in the same province prompting the JTFB to reiterate its call for the public officials to stop supporting the CTG's instead, support the government's campaign to attain a lasting peace in the region.  

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