PGMA orders AFP, PNP to secure government dev't projects in Surigao, Davao
Lingig, Surigao del Sur (18 February) -- President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on Tuesday ordered field unit commanders of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP) to secure workers currently doing ground works on the remaining road construction projects along the provincial boundary of Lingig, Surigao del Sur in the Caraga region and Boston, Davao Oriental in Southern Mindanao Region.
The Chief Executive, who made a drive-thru along with newsmen at the remaining unpaved 15-kilometers Lingig-Boston Section, also directed government field unit commanders to secure all equipments used in the road construction from any harassment posed by lawless elements.
The target completion of the on-going ground works of the Lingig-Boston section will be in June, the time Mrs. Arroyo finish her term of office. This road project will connect the two regions in Mindanao – Regions XI and XIII.
Several other peace and development infrastructures are ongoing in the border of Davao Oriental, particularly in Boston and Lingig towns where a huge road project is taking shape.
When completed, the project will hasten travel time of Surigao del Sur and Davao Oriental businessmen and farmers, particularly the Mandaya tribes.
Capt. Emmanuel R. Garcia, chief of Public Affairs Office (PAO) of the Army's 10th Infantry (Agila) Division, noted the alleged terroristic and extortion activities of the communist-New People's Army (NPA) in the area.
Capt. Garcia said two construction companies that are both at the forefront of the road construction projects that would connect Davao Oriental to Surigao Del Sur, were victims of such activities.
Troops from the AFP were compelled to secure different construction projects in the countryside due to prevalent threats from local terrorists, said Garcia.
In December of 2009, the same band of local terrorists attacked a construction site and attempted to burn the construction equipment in Boston town, where 55-year-old Rosalinda Clata and two government troops were killed, and two others wounded, who defended the road project, he said.
Also last year, local terrorists conducted a bomb attack against soldiers securing another peace and development project in the village of Puntalinao in Banaybanay town, also in Davao Oriental. This is after they burned three powerline towers which brought widespread brownout in the said province, he said. (muc/PIA-Caraga) [top]