FORT MAGSAYSAY, Nueva Ecija – A former mass organization of the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) in Zambales received accreditation from the government as a People’s Organization (PO). Soldiers of the Bravo (Braveheart) company, 70th Infantry (Matapat at Matatag) Battalion of the 7th Infantry (Kaugnay) Division PA facilitated the awarding of certification of accreditation to the “Samahan ng Organisadong Aeta sa Barangay Buhawen at Santa Fe People’s Organization (PO)” held at Sangguniang Bayan hall, San Marcelino, Zambales last October 17, 2022.
The local government unit of San Marcelino headed by Christopher Gongora Vice Mayor and other Local Government Agencies (LGA) also assisted in facilitating the said awarding of accreditation.
The said PO is a former mass organization of the CTG named “Rebolusyonaryong Organisasyong Aeta” which was unearthed by the Community Support Program team and was convinced to turn into a people’s organization.
The said activity aims to provide more services to the POs by the concerned agencies with the coordination to 70IB that monitored the said POs to provide livelihood assistance coming from various concerned agencies.
According to Lieutenant Colonel Ronnel B Dela Cruz, Commanding officer of 70IB “The accreditation of People’s Organization (POs) gave easy access to different assistance programs coming from the LGU and other respective government offices”.
On the other hand, Major General Andrew D Costelo, Commander of 7ID emphasized the empowerment of People’s Organization that will insulate theem from thr Arouse-Organize-Mobilize tactics of Communist Terrorist Groups, establish resiliency to the POs and to create opportunities that will help them to start a normal life.