By NITZ ARANCON
MACASANDIG officials are planning on meeting with Misamis Oriental Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano today to ask the capitol to help the displaced families of Lagonglong, Misamis Oriental, who have sought refuge in their barangay after being driven away from the De Lara Park.
The Macasandig officials and leaders of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) are set on meeting with Emano during the capitol’s flag-raising program this morning, said Amor Sanchez, a Macasandig councilor who is serving as officer-in-charge of the barangay. The barangay’s chairman is on sick leave.
Sanchez also called on Mayor Oscar Moreno to help in facilitating the return of about 150 evacuees to Sitio Mincamansi, Barangay Banglay in Lagonglong town.
The evacuees fled their village for fear of clashes between the military and communist rebels last year. They spent their first year, living in tents at the capitol-owned De Lara Park until they started building shanties, an act that forced the capitol to evict them.
The evacuees fled the capitol park and sought refuge at a UCCP facility in Biasong, Tambo in Macasandig.
Sanchez said the evacuees have raised security concerns in Macasandig especially after residents saw propaganda materials that accused the evacuees of being rebels or supporters of the New People’s Army (NPA).
“Motabang na unta si Mayor Moreno kanamo aron dili na ma-alarma ang among mga residente dinhi sa among barangay,” said Sanchez.
He said residents of Biasong have started a signature campaign to pressure the evacuees to leave their barangay and return to Lagonglong.
“Ang among matabang sa barangay ngadto kanila ma-o ra gyud ang pagbantay sa among mga tanod ilang gipoy-an aron malikayan ang kasamok kay basin paman unya kon na-ay mosulong kanila, kay gidudahan raba ni sila nga mga NPA” Sanchez said.