Army-NPA clash leaves four dead
A total of more than 1, 400 affected individuals were evacuated after a bloody encounter between the Philippine Army and members of New People’s Army (NPA) last September 1 in the municipality of Kasibu.
According to the report of OIC – Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer (PDRRMO) Robert L. Corpuz, four members of the Philippine Army died and one was injured in the said clash.
Reported affected individuals were evacuated in Barangay halls, Municipal Hall, schools and private residences while there are also undocumented evacuees that opted to find shelter at their nearby relatives.
About 1, 300 students and teachers were also affected due to the suspension of classes in elementary and secondary since September 4.
Relief goods and hygiene kits from the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) were also distributed, while other additional goods from the Regional office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), other government agencies and non-government agencies are still being prepared to be distributed in the area.
The Philippine Red Cross – Nueva Vizcaya Chapter also conducted a Psychological Support Program last September 8 in Barangay Pacquet.
Police Superintendent Joseph Dela Cruz, Chief of the Operations Department of the Nueva Vizcaya Police Provincial Office (NVPPO) advised that all donations for the victims should be brought first to the Police office for inspection and delivery to the area.
According to Dela Cruz, the goods are subject for inspection before dissemination, while inspections in all checkpoints at entry and exit points in the area are also conducted for security. #krizel