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Rebel-free Datal Anggas leads government in highlands

ALABEL, Sarangani (March 19, 2021) – Datal Anggas has been “cleared” from the activities of the Communist Party of the Philippines–New People's Army (CPP-NPA).

In an effort to achieve lasting peace, the Serbisyo Caravan para sa Sarangan of the provincial government has reached the farthest barangay of Datal Anggas in Alabel to deliver the basic social and economic services to the community.

This is part of the implementation of the Retooled Community Support Program (RCSP) in the province, one of the national government’s mechanisms in implementing Executive Order No. 70.

RCSP aims to integrate government programs and efforts through the involvement of the sectors and communities in remote barangays as a Whole-of-Nation Approach to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC).

Datal Anggas was among the 16 far-flung communities which were identified based on the guidelines of the Armed Forces of the Philippines as having been “cleared” from the activities of the CPP-NPA, according to Lizette Lopez, provincial ELCAC focal person.

Roldan Salimama, chairman of barangay Datal Anggas, said that through the collective effort of the AFP and all the government officials, Datal Anggas was declared “insurgency-free” in 2019.

Insurgency-free, under AFP’s phases of normalization, means no violent activities of the communist-terrorist groups for at least a year has been recorded in the area.

Salimama said back in 2000, Datal Anggas was infiltrated by the leftist mind of the CPP-NPA which brought turmoil to the community and several encounters with the government troops.

With the “Pag-alsa Masa” initiative of Salimama’s administration, the community of Datal Anggas has declared the CPP-NPA persona-non-grata.

Several former rebels, who decided to surrender and go back to the mainstream, have also received assistance and benefits from the government.

“Last 2016, aduna kami’y gideclare na pag-alsa sa tanang katawhan sa Datal Anggas na gitawag namo ug persona-non-grata sa mga NPA, nga ibig sabihin wala na gyud sila, dili na sila makasulod sa barangay,” Salimama said.

Since then, the development in Datal Anggas has thrived as they attained peace in their community, Salimama added.

On March 17, the convergence of all national and local government agencies brought the much-needed services to the people of Datal Anggas in the aim to finally end armed conflicts in the country.

According to Engr. Samuel Camaganacan, provincial director of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG-Sarangani), Datal Anggas was among the eligible barangays of the P20-million development assistance package from the national government.

From the list of projects provided by the DILG in which the community would identify, Datal Anggas decided on the water system project as their priority project, according to Salimama.

“In terms sa water system, although naa nami nakuha nga mga source sa tubig pero dili kaayo siya potable nga magamit sa tanan, so water system ang project nga gika-uyunan sa tanan,” he added.

Datal Anggas, one of the most hard-to-reach barangays in Alabel, covers an area of more than 10,000 hectares and is home to almost 8,000 Tagakaulos and Blaans. (Jori Mae R. Samillano/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)

Photo by Jake Narte, taken on March 17 during the Play for Peace Activity for the children of Datal Anggas, as part of the Serbisyo Caravan

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