MANILA — With rebel influence now on the downside, the Camiguin provincial government signed a memorandum of agreement declaring the province as “Peaceful and Ready for Further Development” Tuesday morning.
This took place in a simple ceremony held at the provincial capitol in Mambajao, Camiguin.
Col. Jesse A. Alvarez, 403rd Infantry Brigade commander, and Senior Supt. Wilfredo P. Cayat, Camiguin Provincial Police Office chief, jointly recommended to the Provincial Peace and Order Council of Camiguin that the province is peaceful and ready for further development.
Just like the situation of Dinagat Islands in CARAGA Region, Camiguin is considered insurgency-free based on the following parameters:
There has been no influence of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA); no record of terrorist and NPA-initiated violent incidents; criminal activities are manageable by the Philippine National Police (PNP); and the province has noted positive indicators of improved delivery of social services in its rural areas, such as health services and wider reach of justice, as articulated before the PPOC.
“The future is very bright for Camiguin. With the declaration of Camiguin as a peaceful and ready for further development province, we could expect that this province would be a leader in ecotourism. I expect that more investments and tourists would flock to Camiguin,” 4th Infantry Division commander Major Gen. Oscar T. Lactao said.