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CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur-Government agencies converged for another successful Serbisyo Caravan intended for Indigenous Peoples (IP) community in Labo, Camarines Norte, Friday, October 25.


Organized by the National Commission for Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) in connection with the 22nd anniversary of the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA) month, the event was able to gather at least 700 IPs composed of Manide, Dumagat and Sambal tribes.


Service vehicles provided by the different Local Government Units and 902nd Inf Brigade carried the IPs from the towns of Paracale, Vinzons, Jose Panganiban, Capalonga, Sta. Elena, Basud and Labo to the convention center where bulk of services await.


The 9th Infantry Spear Division brought their medical team from Camp Elias Angeles Station Hospital (CEASH) which offered free medical check-up along with the free medicines from the provincial hospital while anti-flu vaccines and vitamin A supplementation was also given by the Center for Health Development Bicol (CHD).


"This is one activity na avenue natin na macollect lahat ng mga kasama po natin, mga kapatid po nating IP’s [members] at bigyan po natin at siguraduhing malusog po sila," Dr. Monrey Isaiah Mancilla, Regional Program Manager for National Immunization Program said in an interview.


[This is one activity which is an avenue for us to gather all our brothers and sisters from the IP community and give them as well as ensure their health.]


The provincial government on the other hand pampered the tribes through free haircut, hair treatment, make-up, massage, manicure and pedicure.


Philippine Health Insurance (PhilHealth) distributed PhilHealth cards while the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) gave away flyers and answered queries from the IPs about the importance of securing civil registry records.


The military also set-up a recruitment booth for those who want to join the Philippine Army.


According to NCIP Regional Director Lee Arroyo, one of the highlights of the event was the awarding of the certificate of ancestral domain title (CADT) for a 22.4 hectares of land for the IP community in Jose Panganiban.


CADT is not privately but communally-owned and can only be handed down from generation to generation


“Sa kanila na po ito, rehistrado na po ito at kung anong proyekto ang nais nilang isakatuparan sa loob [ng lupang ito] sa tulong ng lahat ng mga ahensya at kami ay andiyan lang para maghelp facilitate at tumulong sa kanila para mapaunlad ang kanilang ancestral domain na ngayon ay titulado na,” a very glad Dir. Arroyo added.


[They own it, it is already registered and whatever projects they want to implement in here through the different agencies and we will be here for them to help them facilitate the development of their ancestral domain.]


She also thanked the Joint Task Force Bicolandia (JTFB) for the constant support to all their activities for the IP communities which are part of the intensified implementation of the programs of Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) or Task Force Katuninongan asin Kauswagan in compliance with the Executive Order 70 (EO 70) or the Whole-of-Nation Approach.


MGEN FERNANDO TRINIDAD, AFP on the other hand underscored the call for unity and cooperation of everyone towards common goal, to attain peace and development.


“Hindi lamang kinikilala ng JTFB ang mga karapatan ng mga katutubo kundi amin ding pinagsusumikapang protektahan kayo sa anumang pananamntala at panghihikayat na umanib sa mga teroristang CPP-NPA. Ang ating gobyerno at mga partner stakeholders ay may nililikhang pangmalawakang plano at programa na layuning paunlarin ang pamumuhay ng ating mga katutubo at ilayo sa takot at pananamantala ng mga teroristang CPP-NPA,” Gen. Trinidad said.


[The JTFB does not only recognize the rights of the tribes but we are also doing our best to protect you from the abuses and infiltrations of the communist terrorists, CPP-NPA. Our government and its partner stakeholders is creating whole-of-nation plans and programs which aim to uplift the lives of the IP’s and protect them from harm and danger brought by the terrorists, CPP-NPA.]


Furthermore, Gov. Edgardo Tallado assured the IP’s that the provincial government will continue to prioritize their welfare.


“Kaya huwag kayong mag-alala mga Kabihug, yong tulong at suporta ni Gov. Tallado at ng provincial government, tuloy-tuloy po yan,” Tallado highlighted.


[Don’t worry, the assistance and support of Gov. Tallado and the provincial government will continue.]


JTFB believes that events like.



CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur-Government troops and members of Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) clashed anew around 10:30 in the morning, Tuesday, October 1.


Combined elements of 31st Infantry Battalion and Police Mobile Force Company were conducting combat operation in response to a report made by the residents in Barangay Oma-oma, Ligao City in Albay province about the presence of CTG's when they encountered more or less five members of Sentro De Grabidad, Larangan 1, Komiteng Probinsya 5 under Elmer Olie, AKA Rommel.


The firefight lasted for almost seven minutes before the armed rebels withdrew. No one was hurt in the government side but still undetermined in the enemy's side.


Troops were able to recover one carbine rifle, bandolier with six magazines of the said firearm, one live ammunition of 40mm HE and personal belongings.


LTC CHARLIEBEN DELAMIDE, Battalion Commander of 31st IB directed his troops to continue implementing tight security in the area to preempt any violent attacks and extortion activities of CTG's which only bring harm to the innocent civilians.


Joint Task Force Bicolandia (JTFB) under MGEN FERNANDO T TRINIDAD AFP on the other hand thanked the residents for the prompt report made and underscored that it is a clear proof that the public is already fed up with the armed group's illegal activities.


Nevertheless, JTFB reiterated its call for the communist terrorists to lay down their arms and abandon the useless cause of CTG because with the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) or Task Force Katuninongan asin Kauswagan, more government agencies will be able to assist them to reestablish their lives.


This is aside from the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) where rebel returnees is given livelihood and housing assistance as well as firearm renumeration.



CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur-The very first convergence of Provincial Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (PTF-ELCAC) in Labo, Camarines Norte today, August 29 was 'very successful.'


This is how Mayor Joseph Ascutia and the rest of the attendees described the recently concluded Convergence for Sustainable Peace and Development with the theme "Salita at Gawa para sa Masa."


"Ang napakaganda pong nangyari ay very successful po ito purely because 'yon pong mga taga Labo at taga ibang bayan ng Camarines Norte, nakita po nila kung ano talaga ang mga problema. Nakita po nila na pwede palang mas paramihin ang mga tulong na maibibigay sa ating mga kababayan," Mayor Ascutia added.


[The good news is, this event was very successful purely because the eyes of the residents of Labo and other municipalities of Camarines Norte were opened to the real problem we're facing. They realized that we can multiply the services which can be offered to our constituents.]


Instead of a simple dialogue of different representatives from national government offices and local officials, the event became a multi-service caravan.


Over a thousand of individuals benefited from the various services offered by the different clusters of the task force such as medical check-up, tooth extraction, free medicines, goto, slippers, massage and haircut.


Moreover, out of more than five hundred job seekers, thirty one were hired on the spot in the job fair organized by the Technical Education Skills Development Agency (TESDA), Provincial Employment Services Office (PESO), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) while a hundred of applicants could possibly receive free trainings and scholarships.


Other offices on the other hand just like Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and Department of Justice grabbed the opportunity to deal with their clients' important queries.


The 9th Infantry Division (9ID) set-up a recruitment booth for the aspiring soldiers.


Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Bicol handed over to Gov. Edgardo Tallado the fund amounting to P5-M intended for the construction of half-way house inside Camp Busig-on, Baranggay Tulay na Lupa, Labo Camarines Norte.


Half-way houses are temporary shelters for rebel returnees while their benefits from Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) is being processed.


Aside from this, more than P3-M were also given by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to three Barangays as Kabuhayan Kit.


LTGEN GILBERT I GAPAY AFP, Commander of the Armed Forces of the Philippines' Southern Luzon Command (SOLCOM) congratulated the provincial government of Camarines Norte for creating the very first task force in the provincial level underscoring its historic significance in the peace and development efforts of the government.


COL ROMMEL K TELLO, Brigade Commander of 902nd Brigade supported Lt. Gen. Gapay’s statement and added that they are very happy because his men and the Barangay officials’ efforts to attain peace will now be a lasting one and will also pave the way for the development of communities.


Talking to more than a hundred Barangay Captains from the different towns of the province, Gov. Tallado asked for full support which will enable the government to deliver efficient services to its constituents.


"Tulungan po natin ang lahat ng mga ahensya para sa mabilis na pag-unlad po natin, ng ating mahal na lalawigan. Kasi hindi po ako titigil at gagawin ko po ang lahat para mapaunlad ang ating mahal na lalawigan," Tallado said in his speech.


[Let us help all the agencies of the government to speed-up our progress and of our beloved province. Because I will not stop and I will do everything to make our beloved province even more progressive.]


Lacking government facilities, road constructions and repairs were few of the concerns raised by the Barangay officials in the conducted executive meeting which was one of the highlights of the activity.


According to the DILG, the meeting will be very helpful in identifying the services and projects which the government should prioritize.


During the executive meeting, it was learned that the number of Barangays declaring the communist terrorists as persona non-grata is consistently increasing.


Right after the event, the municipalities and Barangays are expected to create their own local task forces which will intensify the implementation of President Duterte's Executive Order No. 70.


EO 70 is a Whole of Nation Approach or the unification of all government agencies to efficiently provide the needs of the people and resolve the long-running armed conflict in the country.


The government believes that insurgency is not just a military problem and requires not a military solution alone but the effort of each government offices which will push the armed movement to its natural death.


For five decades, communist terrorist group (CTG) lure the people to join their useless cause by using the issues which the government fails to solve immediately and brainwashed their members that the solution to these problems is armed struggle.


Hence, Joint Task Force Bicolandia (JTFB) under MGEN FERNANDO T TRINIDAD AFP reiterated that the Army in Bicol will not put their guards down and will continue to intensify their operations to preempt any atrocities which the communist terrorists plan to do.


Aside from the Sangguniang Bayan members of Labo, provincial Board Members, Barangay officials, and Youth Groups, present in the event was the nine clusters of the Task Force composed of different government offices.



CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, San Jose, Pili, Camarines Sur-Barely a week after the excellent implementation of security measures for the recently concluded 2019 midterm polls, it is another jam-packed week for the 9th Infantry Division (9ID) Philippine Army as the National Maintenance Week or famously known as “Brigada Eskwela” kicks off.

Armed not with guns but with brooms, bolo and other cleaning materials, Spear Troopers actively participate in the Brigada Eskwela being conducted in the different schools in the whole Bicol Region since its opening last May 20, 2019.

As of this writing, different line units were able to give manpower assistance to almost 200 schools in the region while a hundred more are expected to receive help from the troops before it close today, May 25.

In the 4th district of Camarines Sur, aside from assisting the schools through the usual carpentry services, repainting of school buildings, repairs of different facilities and clean-up drives, soldiers in full uniform were able to inspire young pupils to study hard and achieve their dreams of being a soldier too.

According to 2Lt. Stephanie Shane Albina of the 83rd Infantry Battalion (IB) located in the town of Tigaon, young kids were very happy to see soldiers helping their parents, teachers and other volunteers during the activity.

She added that they also distributed Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) leaflets as part of their awareness campaign.

E-CLIP is one of the programs of the government for former rebels who decided to return to the folds of the law.

The 22nd Infantry Battalion on the other hand, gave two bags of cements, gravel and sand to some of the schools.

Brigada Eskwela is an annual campaign of the Department Education (DepEd) which aims to beautify the schools, make it disaster resilient and safe prior to the opening of classes in June.

This year’s theme is “Matatag na Bayan Para sa Maunlad na Paaralan” which encourages not just the teachers, parents and students but everyone in the community to take part in this important undertaking.

It is believed that convenient school environment motivates students to go to school and even embolden the members of the out of school youth to pursue their studies.

Brigada Eskwela for 9ID is an avenue for bayanihan that is why, yearly, it actively joins in this endeavour to contribute in providing quality education for the Filipino Youth.



CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur-Hot pursuit operation is on-going after an explosion that transpired at Barangay Gapo, Daraga, Albay, just beside the on-going construction of Bicol International Airport around 9:35 in the morning today, July 26.

 According to the report, government troops heard a loud explosion prompting them to immediately search the area.

 It was learned that an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded near a dump truck owned by a construction firm, Querpo Company which was parked at the said construction site and incurred damage.

 Three hundred meters away from the place of incident, authorities saw the two fleeing suspects.

 Pursuing troops fired upon the said malefactors who were seen scampering towards different directions.

 Joint Task Force Bicolandia (JTFB) condemned the incident which it considers as another form of sabotaging the on-going construction of the very first international airport in Bicol region.

 While Philippine National Police (PNP) is now conducting a thorough investigation, JTFB also assured the public of its own investigation and castigate the persons or group responsible for this violent attack.