IP Leaders to Solidify Partnership with Army, NCIP in Peace and Security Efforts in Tarlac

    FORT MAGSAYSAY, Nueva Ecija – The Commander of the 7th Infantry (KAUGNAY) Division, Philippine Army Major General Andrew D Costelo PA welcomed the sincerity of 15 Indigenous People in Tarlac as they expressed their support to the peace and development efforts of the government during a meeting for the crafting of a Memorandum of Agreement between the National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) and the 3rd Mechanized Infantry Battalion on March 17, 2022.

    The content of the MOA was presented by Atty. Arnold S. Piaga, NCIP Region 3 Legal Adviser and discussed the duties and responsibilities of the parties involved in the agreement.

    “This MOA solidifies our partnership in pursuing peace and development particularly among the Indigenous People community. Sama-sama nating ipaglaban ang kapayapaan at protektahan natin ang inyong karapatan. Magtulungan tayo upang wala nang mabiktima ang mga teroristang grupo sa hanay ng mga katutubo,” said MGen Costelo.

    It can be recalled that fifteen (15) Tribal Leaders from different IP communities in Tarlac gathered at 3Mech Bn Headquarters last February 10, 2022, to express their sincerity and commitment in intensifying the peace and security efforts to end the local communist armed conflict and to protect their respective IP communities from the evils of the CTGs.

    Meanwhile, Hon. Rolando M. Rivera, the outgoing NCIP Commissioner of Region 3 commended the 3Mech Bn for their continuous efforts in upholding the welfare of the IP community.

    He also told the IP Leaders, “Ang ginagawa ng ating kasundaluhan (3Mech Bn) ngayon sa ating mga kapatid na katutubo ay napakahalaga, kaya naman kailangan ang kooperasyon ng bawat isa at paigtingin ang ating ugnayan sa kanila para sa ikauunlad ng pamayanang Tribu.”

    On his part, Lieutenant Colonel Eugene Henry Z Cabusao, the Commanding Officer of the 3rd Mechanized Infantry Battalion, thanked the IP Tribal Leaders for their support and commitment to end the local communist armed conflict and protect their respective communities against the CTG.

    “Isang malaking tagumpay sa bawat pamayanang Tribu na magkaroon ng sistema kung paano maprotektahan ang pamayanan laban sa mga teroristang grupo. Sa pamamagitan ng kasunduang ito ay ating mapapagtibay ang ating pagtutulungan upang wakasan ang insurhensiya dito sa ating bansa at tuluyang mapuksa ang mga terorista,” said Lt. Colonel Cabusao.