Philippine Army deploys 6 ‘Bayanihan Teams’ in Guihulngan City
MANILA, Feb. 4 (PNA) — In line with its community development efforts, the 11th Infantry Battalion, a field unit of the Capiz-based 3rd Infantry Division, deployed six “Bayanihan Teams” (BTs) in Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental Monday.
These “BTs” will be sent to Barangays Linantuyan, Luz, Plagatasanon, Banwage, Balogo and Humay-Humay.
Lt. Col. Willy Isaac, 11th Infantry Battalion commander, said that these units will be utilized for immersion and stakeholders’ engagement.
The “BTs” will be assigned at the barangays for three to four months where they will perform their duties as facilitators for the convergence of efforts with the local government units and other stakeholders to resolve socio-economic issues and ensure the delivery of basic services in the barangays.
Isaac emphasized that convergence among all stakeholders is the key in “winning the peace” and improving the well being of the community. (PNA)
AFP unfazed by BIFF IED attacks
MANILA, Feb. 4 (PNA) — No matter how many IED (improvised explosive device) attacks the “Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters” (BIFF) remnants will attempt on military units conducting clearing operations in Maguindanao, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Tuesday said it will continue performing its mandate until all the brigands are accounted for.
“It is expected that remnants of (the) BIFF will continue (to commit) a lot of their atrocities, it is very important that the presence of troops for clearing operation continue even after the termination of operation,” AFP public affairs office chief Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala said.
The military made this statement after suspected IED exploded around 2:05 p.m. Tuesday at a convoy composed of Simba AFVs and heavy trucks from the 12th Mechanized Company and 46th Infantry Battalion in Barangay Tuka, Mamasapano town, Maguindanao perpetrated by alleged BIFF remnants.
No casualties were reported.
Zagala said two media teams, following at a safe distance, were all unharmed.
“We advised civilians most especially media who are there to cover to be careful in their coverages in the province as the IEDs are not just aimed at AFP and Philippine National Police (PNP) troops but anyone may be hit by its reach,” he noted.
“Pressure from the presence of AFP in the area definitely will help in diminishing their activities. First part of our operation is deny them of safe havens such as their four camps and their ability to plan and launch attacks in safe havens are big factor,” he said. (PNA)
BCDA President and CEO Arnel Paciano Casanova said the project aims to contribute to the people’s understanding and appreciation of the history of the former military camp Fort Bonifacio, now known as Bonifacio Global City (BGC).
He said there is a need to preserve the heritage and promote the history that once played a vital role in regaining back our freedom and democracy. He said preserving the heritage of Fort Bonifacio and incorporating its heritage and history in the development of BGC is what makes BGC a cut above other cities.
Casanova said, “Bonifacio Global City, is the fastest growing commercial, business and residential district in the country today. It is the home of passionate minds. Equally important is the rich history that is incorporated in BGC’s development—giving it a soul.”
The Fort Bonifacio Tunnel, an underground passageway located in the eastern portion of BGC, dates back to the American colonial period when it was first constructed during World War II to serve as military headquarters and storage of war supplies. It was first dug up in the early 1900s, under the directive of General
The state-owned Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) in partnership with the Fort Bonifacio Development Corporation (FBDC) will develop and rehabilitate the little known Fort Bonifacio War Tunnel into a heritage site.
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Douglas MacArthur who served as military adviser to former President Manuel Quezon.
The original tunnel’s length was about 2.24 kilometers with 32 built-in chambers and two passable exits, one leading to Barangay Pembo and the other to Barangay East Rembo. Today, amidst the rapid development of Bonifacio Global City, a 730-meter segment of the tunnel remains unaffected, existing underneath the C-5 Road, with its opening near Market! Market!
The BCDA chief executive pointed out that the conversion of the old military structure into a heritage site will also contribute to the country’s tourism industry, which he said, plays a significant part in stimulating economic growth. “Along BGC’s world-class development, BCDA plans to rehabilitate, develop and convert the old tunnel into a historical site in BGC that will showcase the city’s rich and unique heritage as a former military base land,” Casanova said.
He said the Fort Bonifacio War Tunnel will position the country as a bastion of freedom and democracy in the whole of Asia and bring honor to Filipino soldiers who sacrificed their lives to fight for such freedom.
“We have a rich and fascinating history on the Filipino’s struggle for freedom and independence,” Casanova stated, adding that “such struggle has left historical artifacts that remind us how our forefathers fought for the freedom we now have. Some of these artifacts, such as the Fort Bonifacio Tunnel, are beneath the ground we walk on everyday.”
The conversion of the Fort Bonifacio tunnel into a heritage site is seen to promote appreciation of the Fort Bonifacio’s history—from the time of the American colonial period to the time of the implementation of the Bases Conversion Program, which gave rise to world-class communities like Bonifacio Global City (BGC).
Casanova said the project is “part of giving back the honor and dignity to our soldiers in the Armed Forces of the Philippines. They are the unsung heroes of our republic, who are continually serving the Filipino people to maintain peace and order in our nation.” BCDA’s program of converting former US military bases into economic zones earn revenues for the government, and a lion’s share is given to the modernization program of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
“We have a mandate to build beautiful cities,” Casanova stated, underscoring BCDA’s achievements in converting former US military lands into business districts and economic zones. “Part of the beauty of each city is its history. And we aim to preserve the rich legacy in all the sites that we develop,” he added.
Casanova noted that each of the economic zones of BCDA has a rich and unique history that can play a part in promoting the country’s heritage and culture.
Aside from the former Metro Manila military camps that were converted into business districts, BCDA governs the former Clarkfield Airbase, which the state agency turned into the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga. In Bataan, BCDA converted the former camp of war refugees from Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia into what is now the Bataan Technology Park in Morong. The former US military rest and recreation facility, Camp John Hay is now Baguio’s premier tourist and investment destination, and the former Wallace Station, now the Poro Point Freeport Zone in San Fernando La Union.
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