33 Negros villages declared NPA-free
Ed Amoroso, Michelle Zoleta, Gilbert Bayoran (The Philippine Star) - October 4, 2020 - 12:00am

BACOLOD CITY, Philippines — Thirty-three barangays in Negros Occidental have been declared insurgency-free.

Maj. Cenon Pancito III, 3rd Infantry Division spokesman, said each of the cleared barangays would each receive P20 million worth of projects under the P16 billion barangay development program of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict.

However, Pancito said 212 other barangays in the province are influenced or threatened by New People’s Army (NPA) rebels. Negros Occidental has a total of 662 barangays.

In Quezon, six rebel returnees will receive assistance under the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program or E-CLIP.

The former NPA rebels surrendered and turned over their guns and ammunition to the 85th Infantry Battalion in Mulanay on Thursday.

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