Army engineers contruct road project in Surigao del Sur
October 13, 2009 9:44 am
MANILA, Oct. 13 – As part of the government’s Kalayaan sa Barangay Program, the 52nd Engineering Brigade of the Philippine Army will start building up an all-weather road connecting Km. 5 of Barangay Diatagon and Purok 5 of Barangay San Isidro in Lianga town, Surigao del Sur.
The project is part of a bigger road improvement program covering Post 1 up to Km. 16, Sitio Han-ayan, Barangay Diatagon.
The Army's 36th Infantry Battalion, 4th Infantry Division has begun securing the area to prevent the disruption of the project.
The Barangay Council of San Isidro has also requested for the establishment of a militia detachment in the community to secure government projects as well as for flushing the NPAs out of the barangay.
The efforts of the Army to address the problems of the communities have been criticized by several quarters while some others denounced the presence of the military research team as an act of militarization.
The worst is that the Army has been accused of harassing the people in defense of so-called mining interests in the Andap complex.
Battalion commander Lt. Col. Dennis Godfrey Gammad said that they were not in the Andap Complex to support mining.
“With or without mining projects, the Philippine Army will be in the area to secure government projects, and to dismantle the guerilla bases of the CPP-NPA (Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army),” said Gammad.
The Andap Complex in Surigao del Sur has been proven by the Philippine Army to be the base of operation of Front Committee 19A of the CPP-NPA.
Records of several violent incidents and reports of surveillance missions indicate that the CPP-NPA has been using the Andap Complex as staging ground for their different activities in the province of Surigao and nearby province of Agusan del Sur.
“Today, all the efforts at denouncing the presence of government troops in the Andap Complex is nothing but a lame defense of the guerilla fronts of the CPP-NPA. No explanation is plausible enough than the fact that the Andap Complex is a guerilla base,” said Gammad.(PNA)