Philippine Army’s 53IB inspects farm-to-market road in Zamboanga del Sur

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The Philippine Army’s 53rd Infantry “Matapat” Battalion (53IB) ensures the continuity of progress by securing the ongoing construction of farm-to-market road (FMR) in Barangay Labangon, Dumingag, Zamboanga del Sur.

Initiated in September 2020, the Barangay Labangon FMR is a 7-kilometer road opening project of Dumingag Municipal Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (MTF-ELCAC) in partnership with 53IB and Army’s 551st Engineer Battalion (551EBn) leading to Barangay Tutukan of the same town.

In a statement, 53IB Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Jo-ar Herrera said that the ELCAC project needs to be sustained in order to prevent the resurgence of CPP-NPA terrorists in the barangay.

“Sustainment is the key. This FMR is a vital component to bring government services to the people of this geographically isolated and disadvantaged barangay,” said Lt. Col. Herrera.

Barangay Labangon is included in the government’s Barangay Development Program (BDP). The BDP is the flagship program of Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC) which was conceptualized to finally address insurgency by bringing sustainable solutions and basic services to communities in need.

In May 19, 2020, Barangay Labangon was declared “clear” of Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) influence through the Army’s Community Support Program (CSP). — 53IB

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