CAMP JORGE DOWNES, ORMOC CITY-The town Talalora in Samar is the latest area in the region to be declared in a state of stable internal peace and security condition (SIPSC).
The declaration, made on June 21, was graced by key local government officials led by Mayor Rosabelo Costelo, chairperson of the Municipal Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (MTF-ELCAC) of Talalora.

The municipality of Talalora has already achieved a dormant or inactive level of insurgency status in 2019. Since then, there have been no reports of activities perpetrated by the New People’s Army (NPA).

Brigadier General Noel Vestuir, the brigade commander of the 802nd Infantry Brigade, and Lieutenant Colonel Eduardo Meclat Jr., the commanding officer of the 63rd Infantry Battalion led the Army’s presence, and Police Lieutenant Colonel Alex Dang-aoen, force commander, 2nd Samar Police Mobile Company representing the Samar Provincial Police Office.

The highlight of the event was the signing of the memorandum of understanding (MOU) and pledge of commitment, followed by the release of white doves symbolizing peace and new beginnings.

Mayor Costelo expressed their gratitude to all stakeholders who were instrumental in achieving the state of SIPSC in Talalora.

She emphasized that this milestone would pave the way for further progress in their municipality and in the process, enhance the quality of life for its constituents.

The Philippine Army, Philippine National Police, and the DILG reaffirmed their strong support and commitment to maintaining stable peace and security in Talalora.

B/Gen. Vestuir commended the local government unit of Talalora and other stakeholders for their unwavering support and commitment to upholding a safe environment.

“The declaration of stable internal peace and security condition in Talalora represents a victory of freedom from the deceptive ideas of the New People’s Army and the Samareños’ dedication to peace and security, signifying a major advancement in their continued efforts to protect their communities,” he said.

Vestuir emphasized the cooperation and efforts of local government entities and their communities in achieving SIPSC.

“The SIPSC declaration is a testament to all stakeholders’ collective efforts and commitment to peace, unity, and progress. It highlights the importance of embracing peace and working together to achieve reconciliation and sustained development in the Municipality of Talalora,” the Army official added.