16 villages back AFP’s Community Support Program

ASIPULO, Ifugao, Oct. 18 (PIA) -- Sixteen villages in the provinces of Ifugao, Mountain Province and Nueva Vizcaya are backing the Community Support Program (CSP) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).


The CSP aims to engage partner stakeholders to support current thrusts of the government and by serving the people and securing the land. It is part of the AFP’s Development Support and Security Plan (DSSP) dubbed as “Kapayapaan”.

The program started in May this year by soldiers of the 54th Infantry (Magilas) Battalion in collaboration with the different local government units of Asipulo and Alfonso Lista in Ifugao; Ambaguio, Nueva Vizcaya and Paracelis, Mountain Province.

Activities conducted under the CSP are lectures on deceptive recruitment and the disadvantages of being associated with the underground movement; recruitment for Philippine Military Academy, Philippine National Police Academy, Philippine Merchant Marine Academy, and Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific.

The Magilas troopers also rendered community assistance such as school repairs, establishment of Eco-composting Receptacles (ECRs) and other cause-oriented activities to the populace to realize and enhance their full potential and preserve the oneness of their families.

Lieutenant Colonel Nicolas Quemado, Jr., 54th IB Commanding Officer, commended the soldiers involved in the CSP activities and encouraged the various LGUs to maintain and preserve their communities from being exploited by rebel groups.

“I and my men are very much honored to become an instrument in maintaining the peaceful environment of the community. I also encouraged civilian stakeholders to engage in developmental projects like this to support the government programs especially in the far flung areas,” Quemado added. Marcelo Lihgawon (JDP/MBL-PIA CAR, Ifugao)

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