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Army brass commends field commanders for victories over NPA

Tacloban City (October 12) -- Major General Armando L. Cunanan AFP, the Commanding General of the 8th Infantry Division, Philippine Army commended his field commanders for their strong commitment and dedication to finally put an end to the insurgency problem that has been besetting our economic growth.

He exhorted them, "to further improve the working relationship between the Army and the local government units in the area in order to improve the delivery of the basic services to the communities". He stressed the point that, "in this war against insurgency, he who wins the heart and minds of the populace, wins the war!"

Results of the 3rd Quarter 2007 ISO Assessment and Command Conference held on October 9, 2007 at Camp Lucban, Catbalogan City, showed that the 8 Infantry Division of the Philippine Army is winning the war against the CPP-NPA-NDF terrorist group.

This was learned from Captain Mario Jose Chico, Chief of the Public Affairs Division of the 8th ID.

With the theme "Assessing Our Performance As We Move Forward," the ISO Assessment result showed that from January 1 to September 30, 2007, the field units of the 8th ID gained operational superiority against the communist terrorists in the Eastern Visayas Region as manifested by their numerous combat, intelligence, and CMO accomplishments.

There were 48 combat engagements recorder in the same period, 41 of which were initiated by the military forces while 7 were initiated by the CPP-NPA-NDF, Captain Chico reported.

These combat successes have paved the way for the recovery of 41 High Powered Fire Arms and 310 low powered fire arms from the communists while the government troops lost 7 High Powered Firearms.

On the fatality ratio, 12 communist terrorists were killed against 8 in the government side. Worthy to note on this aspects of Internal Security Operations (ISO) is that for the 3rd quarter of this year, there were 15 combat engagements registered all of which was initiated by the government troops gaining 25 high-power firearms (HPFA) from the communist terrorists. Likewise, 6 terrorists were killed in battle while no casualty on the government side.

Captain Chico revealed that these major combat accomplishments were basically the result of the downpour of public support to Army operations as shown by their active participation by giving vital information on the whereabouts of the communist terrorists.

These positive developments may be attributed to the numerous community development programs of the Army units that have made wonders to the lives of the underprivileged communities in the Region, foremost of which, is the "Baktas Kabubwason" project of 62IB and 801st Infantry Brigade in Basey, Samar; wherein they have initiated a Jarthropa 'Bio-Fuel' plantation in cooperation with the Local Government Officals and the stakeholders themselves. (PIA 8) [top]

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