Army assists CLOA distribution to farmers in Guihulngan City

 By Jennifer C. Tilos

DUMAGUETE CITY, July 31(PIA) — Forty-two farmer-beneficiaries in Barangay Buenavista received Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOA) recently at the barangay’s basketball court in Guihulngan City.

Army troops of the 11th Infantry Battalion led by LtCol Wilfredo Isaac facilitated the distribution of CLOAs which were handed personally by Guihulngan City Mayor Carlo Jorge Joan Reyes with Buenavista Barangay Captain Romeo Alipan, and Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) officer Hanani Quijote.

Civil military operations officer 2Lt Jomart Jess Poquiz the11IB said this was made possibe through its bayanihan teams in convergence of efforts with various stakeholders that resolved primary issues related to agrarian reform.

2Lt Poquiz said the military troops facilitated the release of individual CLOAs to 2,108 farmer beneficiaries in the hinterland areas of its area of responsibility in the first district of Negros Oriental from 2011 to date.

One of the beneficiaries, 72-year old Mitudio Estraw exclaimed “Sukad sa akong pagka bata, hangtod ni dako akong mga bata, wala gyud ko nag too na makayuta ko, daghan salamat sa nitabang namo, ug matawag nako, tag iya og yuta,” related Poquiz. (I have never dreamed that I will own my land now. From the time I was young, up to the time my children have grown up I have never thought I could own our land. Thank you to those who help us.)

In his message, agrarian reform officer Quijote expressed his gratitude to members of the Philippine Army for assisting the distribution of CLOA recipients.

“Kung dili tongud sa tabang sa mga ka kasundaluhan dili jud namo ma sulbad ang daghang problema nga atong gi atobang,” Quijote said. (If it was not because of the help of the soldiers, we couldn’t have solved the many problems we faced.)

LTC Isaac stressed that the 11IB seriously deals with primary issues that foment insurgency. Moreover, his unit is doing its best in the performance of its internal peace and security operations in convergence with the efforts of all concerned stakeholders to help create an environment conducive for sustainable development.

Mayor Reyes congratulated the 11IB for successfully facilitating the said activity and supporting the local government unit in its endeavors to serve the people, and the beneficiaries for finally becoming land owners after decades of waiting. (mbcn/JCT/PIA7-Negros Oriental)

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Kapihan Forum on human security updates in Negros Oriental

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The recent Kapihan sa PIA forum on the topic human security updates in Negros Oriental called for a strengthened public cooperation for effective crime prevention. Law enforcement agencies here stressed that public security measures is only effective if there is an involvement between the community, local government unit and the police. Police and military officials also gave an update on the peace and security measures implemented in Dumaguete City and in Negros Oriental.  (PIANEGOR)

Army serves 400 residents in medical services

By Jennifer C. Tilos

Sunday, July 21, 2013

DUMAGUETE CITY, July 18 (PIA) –About 400 indigent-residents in barangays Calango and Tampi in the municipalities of Zamboanguita and Amlan, respectively, have availed of the free medical and dental civic action program (MEDCAP) conducted by the army’s 302nd Brigade recently.

The MEDCAP is the army’s continuing efforts in delivering basic health services to the less privileged residents especially in the conflict affected areas in the Brigade’s area of responsibility.

In observance of the National Nutrition Month, the Department of Health (DOH) led the medical services-mission in cooperation with the army group and local government unit of Zamboanguita.

The health team served more than 150 residents including the adjacent barangays in Zamboanguita with medical consultation and dental services.

The Department of Agriculture (DA) also conducted free livestock artificial insemination, vaccination, and distribution of vegetable seeds to the barangay residents.

Zamboanguita LGU also offered feeding program to at least 100 children-beneficiaries at Calango Elementary School in line with the celebration of Nutrition Month’s theme “Gutom at Malnutrisyon, Sama-sama Nating Wakasan.”

While in separate occasion, the team served some 217 residents in barangay Tampi for a free medical health services which include blood chemistry, dental services and consultation.

The MEDCAP in Amlan was sponsored by Maayo Shipping Inc., Philippine Dental Association (PDA) Negros Oriental Chapter, Rotary Club of Dumaguete East (RCDE) and Philippine Councilors League Inc. Dumaguete City (PCLI).

302nd Brigade Commander, BGen Francisco Patrimonio said that the involvement of various stakeholders is consistent with the spirit of “Bayanihan” to address the health concerns of the Negrenses.

The event was a manifestation of commitment and dedication by peace loving citizens in order to serve the needy Filipino people, Patrimonia added.

“This collaborative effort was indeed very successful and supports the AFP Internal Peace and Security Plan Bayanihan,” said Patrimonio. (mbcn/JCT/PIA7-Negros Oriental)