THE Philippine Army’s 2nd Infantry Division (ID) based in Tanay, Rizal deployed a battalion of troops in Surigao del Sur to conduct needs assessment survey in the community in the hinterland province.
Captain Welmar Ladlad, 2nd ID Civil Military Operations Officer, said that Bayanihan Teams of 16th Infantry Battalion (IB) have specific assignments in the barangay of Pacuan and Mampi, both in Lanuza town.
The 16thIB is headed by Lt. Col. Andres Ferrer, were deployed on Friday.
“The core purpose of the said Bayanihan Team is to conduct needs and assessment survey through house-to-house visitations, face to face dialogues and small group discussions,” Ladlad said in a statement.
The Bayanihan Teams will also serve as bridge in the delivery of the LGU’s basic services in the villages – livelihood projects, medical services and infrastructure development.
“The primary issue in New People’s Army (NPA) affected areas shall be resolved thus creating an environment that is conducive to socio-economic political and cultural development free of NPA influence,” Ferrer said in the same statement.