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Army urges lumads to report any suspicious movement in their highland communities.

By Mike Crismundo

CAMP DATU LIPUS MAKAPANDONG, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur - So that none of their highland communities could be penetrated by lawless elements, the Philippine Army (PA) on Friday urged tribal communities to immediately report to the nearest police and military installations or to local government units (LGUs) of any suspicious movements of group or individual in their respective localities.

Majority of the highland tribes in Northeastern Mindanao or Caraga region are Manobo, Higaonon, Mamanwa, and Talaindig.

The PA's 401st Infantry (Unity) Brigade based here also told the lumads, especially their respective tribal chieftains and sectoral Datu's or leaders to "stay alert" always and to report immediately any presence or suspicious motives by any individuals or group that could trigger conflict within their respective highland communities.

"Our main concern is to protect these lumads (natives) from any lawless elements, especially the Communist New People's Army Terrorists (CNTs)," Maj. Gen. Ronald C. Villanueva, commanding general of the Army's Northeastern and Northern Mindanao 4th Infantry (Diamond) Division (4th ID) said.

The 4th ID chief ordered all field unit commanders to protect the lumads in their respective highland communities and their respective Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT).

In another development, the Army's 402nd Infantry (Stingers) Brigade, together with the Association of Caraga Executives (ACE) and local government of Gigaquit launched on Tuesday the Mobile Computer Literacy Program (MCLP) for the 42 Indigenous Peoples (IPs) in highland communities in Gigaquit town, Surigao del Norte province.

The Mamanwa tribe in the said municipality benefited from the project.

Atty. Francisco Pobe, regional election director of Commission on Elections (COMELEC 13) and ACE president, said their organization has provided backpacks, slippers, notebooks, pens and towels to the 42 beneficiaries of the MCLP. "ACE also gave P25,000 cash assistance for the meals expenses of the beneficiaries for their one-month training," he said.

Brig. Gen. Franco Nemesio Gacal, commanding general of the 402nd Brigade said more IPs and out of school youths in the region will be benefiting from the said program. He also encouraged other partner stakeholders to take part and help promote the welfare of the IPs.

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Date:Jun 29, 2018
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