GENERAL SANTOS CITY, The Philippine Army (PA) has deployed soldiers who will be tasked to undertake peace and development efforts in the conflict-stricken villages of Malita town in Davao del Sur.
Col. Gloriouso Miranda, 1002nd Infantry Brigade (1002nd IB) commander, said the peace and development teams will compose the “Task Group Mulawin” under the command of Lt. Col. Adolfo Espuelas, the commander of the 73rd Infantry Battalion.
Miranda led the send off ceremony early this week of the “peace soldiers” shortly after they took their oath of commitment before local officials led by Vice Mayor Bradly Bautista at the Malita Municipal Hall.
“We express our support to the peace and development efforts of the Army and urged the local and barangay (village) officials to cooperate with the Army teams deployed in their areas,” Bautista said.
Municipal Councilor Marianela Malinao, chairman of the Committee on Budget and Appropriation, said the local government will support the peace and development efforts launched by the military.
She said the Sangguniang Bayan (SB) has approved a resolution that seeks the merging of the Peace and Order Committee and Peace and Development Volunteers – with corresponding funds.