Camp Major Bado Dangwa, La Trinidad, Benguet- (May 12, 2021) – In support to the Executive Order No. 70 (EO70) that creates the National Task Force To End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), the Mountain Province Police Provincial Office launches its “Oplan Binnaga” on April 22, 2021.

“Oplan Binnaga” is an initiative of the Mountain Province Police Forcs under the leadership of Provincial Director, PCOL RUBEN ANDISO that aims to strengthen public awareness on the Communist Terrorist groups and at the same time, to encourage the communities to support the program of the government under EO 70 and to attain lasting peace in the province.

It can be recalled that, in 2017, when the bombing of Hedcor Hydropower plant tapping point in Bauko had brought a total blackout not only in the province but also to other nearby provinces. Also in 2019, planted Improvised Explosive Device (IED) caused several troops to be hurt and even killed after responding to the complaint of the residents of the presence of NPA in their area. In addition, the IEDs’ poisonous ingredient and other medical waste left by the NPAs were found near water reservoirs contaminated the water supply of some parts of Tadian and Bauko. All these have only brought fear and destruction in the province.

“We should not be afraid to report any unlawful activities to authorities”, PCOL ANDISO said during his lecture in Besao.

Under “Oplan Binnaga”, Mountain Province cops have already visited eight (8) barangays in the Western part of the province covering the municipalities of Bauko, Besao, Sabangan, and Tadian. (PROCOR RPIO)