Mawab, Davao de Oro -- The 71st Infantry KAIBIGAN Battalion (71IB) facilitated the installation of alternative electrification in a geographically isolated and disadvantaged area of Sitio Singapore, Brgy Anitapan, Mabini, Davao de Oro last September.
Electrification, road rehabilitation, and lack of livelihood are among the issues exploited by the insurgents to arouse the locals in the said sitio and organize them into mass supporters or underground mass organizations of the CPP-NPA. Said issues are identified by the Community Support Program (CSP) teams of the 71IB under the leadership of LTC Sonny E Gonzales.
Community Support Program or CSP is launched by the 71IB, as a people-centric approach to counter insurgency through community development and empowerment. CSP connects geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas and conflict-affected areas to the government for better access to basic services.
Solar panels installed in Sitio Singapore benefited 47 households. These were donated by the Embrace program implemented through the Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation, Inc. The community also received seedlings from the Department of Agriculture, food packs from Caritas Manila Charity-Mabini Chapter, and food and toys for the children from the Kiwanis International Tagum Chapter. The residents expressed their gratitude to the peace stakeholders who are instrumental to the development of Sitio Singapore.
LTC Sonny Gonzales, Commanding Officer of the 71IB, has always emphasized that a community must be peaceful for development to take place. "But peace and order is not just a concern of the military but a shared responsibility; thus everyone must take part in attaining genuine and lasting peace.”
Solar generators were also provided to five primary schools in Davao del Norte last August. The beneficiaries are Nasilaban, Integrated School, KM31 Primary School, Central Baugan Elementary School, Malapanit Elementary School, and Ibuyag Lamburan Elementary School.