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Gen. Boac identifies new targets of operations with ComVal as priority area

By Mai Gevera

Davao City (17 October) -- A more structured 10th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army will further improve operations in the province of Compostela Valley, said Division Commander Ernesto Boac.

With a series of encounters in some Comval towns and in Santa Cruz, Davao del Sur, Gen. Boac said the troop is closely monitoring the elements of New People's Army and their supporters.

" We have been following anti-terrorism measures especially in Davao City and in General Santos City," he said.

One of the latest operational moves of the said division is the change of priority targets. A battalion, 25th Infantry Battalion, formerly stationed in South Cotabato was transferred to Maco, Compostela Valley Province to further the strength of the military.

Boac has identified new targets of operation that places ComVal on its priority list.

The 10th ID is operating in nine provinces; 8 cities; 70 municipalities; and 1,431 barangays. Its operation is created to hasten the destruction of NPA in its covered area as part of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's guidance for Super Regions.

Besides combat operations, Gen.Boac stressed the troop's developmental projects that assist residents of highly-infiltrated municipalities cope with the conflict and at the same time urge them not to engage in any leftist move.

After series of inter-agency coordination in the national level, the "Kalayaan sa Barangay" project will finally reach the grounds as it will be launched on October 18. The said project is government's approach to address roots of insurgency by way of providing schools, farm to market roads, water systems, electrification and livelihood projects.

The AFP identified the poorest barangays that are qualified as beneficiaries of the project.

Thirty school buildings in ComVal and Davao del Norte will be built this year given the approved budget worth P8.8 million. (PIA XI) [top]

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