Friday, 31 July 2009

Army division completes 29 projects in S. Mindanao

L. D. Desiderio and D. T. Wee

THE ARMED Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has completed 29 development projects worth P49 million in Southern Mindanao for the first half.

Capt. Rosa Maria Cristina R. Manuel, public affairs officer of the 10th Infantry Division, said in a telephone interview yesterday that the completed projects include construction of school-buildings, day care centers and farm-to-market roads, electrification projects, and repair of water systems in villages.

She said the development projects are being implemented with local government units in areas where perceived poverty is high and where the influence of the Communist Party of the Philippines as well as its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA), is strong.

"There are 64 development projects of the same kind lined up for the second semester of the year which will be implemented in villages in Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley province," she said.

Meanwhile, the Eastern Mindanao Command has threatened to file charges against those financially supporting the NPA, including businesses paying revolutionary taxes.

Such statement, however, did not sit well with the city’s business chamber.

Simeon P. Marfori II, president of the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said the business community would not pay revolutionary taxes if the military and law enforcement agencies had eradicated rebel influence.

"If the military can eradicate the NPA and protect legitimate businesses which pay their taxes to the BIR (Bureau of Internal Revenue), no businessman will be paying [revolutionary tax]," Mr. Marfori told BusinessWorld.

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