THE newly-installed commanding general of the Army's Fourth Infantry Division (4ID) has received a briefing on Misamis Oriental's peace and order situation during a courtesy visit at the provincial capitol.

Governor Oscar Moreno briefed Major General Victor Felix on Capitol's ongoing programs addressing the root causes of insurgency, the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) said.

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Some parts of Misamis Oriental's hinterlands are known to be lairs of the New People's Army (NPA), the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines.

Among the programs that Moreno discussed with the 4ID chief was the road opening in Sitio Lantad, once known as an NPA stronghold, in Balingasag town.

Capitol has used Lantad as an example of how a depressed, insurgent-infested area can be turned into a showcase of development if the government provides basic infrastructure such as roads and telecommunications.

But Moreno told Felix that challenges remain, as there are still areas in Misamis Oriental that need further attention.

The governor also underscored the partnership between the Provincial Government and the military in "bringing the government closer to the people."

For his part, the 4th ID chief assured to take part with the Capitol's programs, especially in the effort of solving insurgency problems.

The meeting, held last week, was also attended by Vice Governor Norris Babiera, co-chair of the PPOC, and Teddy Sabugaa, executive director. (ALR)