THE MILITARY’S Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) reported that 64 members and supporters of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) surrendered last March 22 in Lanuza, Surigao del Sur. In a statement, EastMinCom said the group consisted of 27 NPA “regular” members, 13 affiliates under the Militia ng Bayan group, and 24 supporters or couriers. The surrender was facilitated through the Community Support Team of the 36th Infantry Battalion (IB) and the 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division together with barangay officials of Mampi in Lanuza. “This is the result if stakeholders of peace work together, marching in unison to attain peace in every community. Indeed, this is the victory of convergence and victory of peace,” said Lt. Gen. Felimon T. Santos Jr., EastMinCom commander. “Let us continue with our multi and inter-agency efforts to end the conflict and bring the much-needed services into the conflict-affected communities that will address the issues of conflict effectively and sustainably,” Mr. Santos added. The military said the former armed rebels will be placed under the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP), which is intended to help them assimilate back into society.