GUIPOS, Zamboanga del Sur, Feb 21 (PIA)- The role of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) in the campaign against insurgency in the province remains indispensable as the national government implements Executive Order No. 70 to address armed conflict.
This was disclosed by LtCol. Marlowe Patria, commanding officer of 53rd Infantry (Matapat), Battalion during the stakeholders orientation on public safety and awareness held recently at Camp David Sabido here.
Patria said the unit has forged a close partnership with the KBP, Zamboanga del Sur chapter in the government's anti-insurgency campaign saying that radio still remains one of the most powerful and effective communication tools of the country.
Patria said in their partnership, the KBP offered free time for the unit's speakers bureau and former rebels to speak live on-air in all KBP-member stations during their respective prime time programs.
Under the new initiative, Patria said they appealed and convinced the New People's Army (NPA) members to lay down their arms, return to the folds of law, reunite with their families and avail the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program(E-CLIP).
While, the focal persons of FRs (former rebels) from the national government agencies (NGAs) and local government units (LGUs) provided the people with sufficient information on the various programs and services that they can avail from the government agencies.
The good commander said the NPA members were enticed to surrender after they have observed the sincerity of the government of ending decades-long insurgency by implementing EO 70.
"They also listened to the good stories of FRs narrating that they are treated well upon their surrender to Matapat troopers contrary to the stories fabricated by the NPA that they will be killed and tortured if they will surrender," Patria explained.
Patria said since 2019 up to present, a total of 67 NPA terrorists surrendered to their headquarters as a result of their close and consistent partnership with the KBP and other key stakeholders.
He also said that the Matapat troopers were able to clear 26 barangays from the influence of the Communist Terrorist Groups (CTGs) in the province.
"Without the KBP, the Philippine Army cannot do it. With our partnership, we were able to perform our mandated mission of decimating insurgency and improved the peace and order in the entire province," Patria proudly said.
The event was highlighted with funshoot activity to boost the camaraderie, discipline and enhance the relationship between the Matapat troopers and KBP members. (RVC/GCC/PIA-Zamboanga del Sur)