DESPITE the shaky peace and order situation in Gingoog City, the Provincial Government of Misamis Oriental vowed to continue to deliver basic services to the people.

Governor Oscar Moreno, though saddened with the recent incident in the city, assured of the continuous implementation of the province's various programs and services.

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"We will continue to bring the government closer to the people because it is undeniable that neglect of the government is among the root-cause of insurgency," Moreno said during his weekly radio program.

Earlier, it was reported that the vehicle owned by Gingoog City Mayor Ruthie de Lara-Guingona was stopped by a group of armed men believed to be members of the New People's Army (NPA) in one of the barangays of the city.

Because of this, the military has again started its operation in the area.

Just recently, Misamis Oriental has been declared by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) as insurgency-free along with other provinces in the country.

With the declaration, the military handed over to the local government units (LGUs) and to the police of Misamis Oriental the preservation of peace and order in the province.

However, the presence of soldiers will still be felt in the area to assist the LGUs and the police, citing that insurgency would never stop at all. (Annabelle L. Ricalde)