MEMBERS of the Police Regional Office 7, joined by the military and other government agencies, on Saturday held a medical and dental outreach program in a village in Guilhungan City in Negros Oriental which is known to be a previous New People’s Army territory.
The medical and dental outreach program took volunteer doctors and nurses from the PRO7, the Army, Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and local government units in Barangay Buenavista where a Police-Community Precinct was also officially established, said PRO7 director, Brigadier General Debold M. Sinas.
The official said it was the 7th medical and dental outreach program they have undertaken in Central Visayas this year and the 5th in the province of Negros Oriental as part of their effort to convince more NPA rebels to surrender to the government and for local residents to stop supporting them.
In partnership with the Office of the Presidential Adviser for Visayas and the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office and other stakeholders, the mission saw armed troops securing the area amid threats from the guerrillas.
Sinas said that Bgy. Buenavista is among the NPA-threatened barangays in Negros Oriental and in fact, has a history of NPA ‘occupation and massive recruitment’.
He said that local policemen, during the early part of 2017 monitored an incident in which the CPP/NPA flag was hoisted above the local barangay hall for several months.