Lapuyan, Dimataling municipalities declared as ‘insurgency free’

Photo courtesy of 53rd Infantry "Matapat" Battalion

At the 53rd Infantry Battalion (53IB) Headquarters in Guipos, Zamboanga del Sur, the Municipal Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (MTF-ELCAC) of Lapuyan and Dimataling, both municipalities of Zamboanga del Sur, solidified the defeat of the CPP-NPA in their respective towns by passing resolutions declaring them “insurgency free” on Thursday, November 11, 2021.

Lapuyan Municipal Mayor Joel Sulong presented the Lapuyan resolution, while Dimataling Barangay Chairmen and OIC, Dimataling MPS PMaj Herminigildo Bajao presented the Dimataling resolution.

“The declaration of Zamboanga del Sur as insurgency free is the fruit of concerted efforts of the AFP, LGU’s and the Barangays against violence and terrorism. Thru ELCAC, various government agencies adhered to develop previously affected barangays to sustain ‘free insurgency’ in the hinterlands,” said 53IB Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Jo-ar Herrera.

The aforementioned resolutions will increase investor trust, opening the path for Lapuyan and Dimataling to continue and develop.

This action is part of the 53IB’s effort to strategically articulate the Army’s transformation into a world-class force that will be a source of national pride by 2028, as outlined in the Army Transformation Roadmap (ATR).

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