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Visitors to Antique are asked to sign up for safety.

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Visitors who intend to spend Christmas and New Year’s vacation in the upland tourism areas of Antique province are asked to register for their safety.

In an interview on Wednesday, Major Adolfo Pagharion, Information Officer for the Antique Provincial Police Office (APPO), stated that the Provincial Peace and Order Council had recommended that tourists visiting the upland Barangay of Aningalan and its surrounding areas in San Remigio town be registered (PPOC).

The registration is also in accordance with Col. Alexander Mariano, the director of the APPO, who ordered the deployment of more soldiers after a confrontation between the police and insurgents from the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) on December 11.

In order to help the local government unit (LGU), police personnel will now be stationed at registration centers directly in front of the San Remigio Municipal Hall and in Aningalan’s Barangay Proper, according to Pagharion.

He claimed that by registering, the police would be better able to identify tourist hotspots and guarantee their and locals’ protection.

Only resorts in Barangay Aningalan Proper, 22 kilometers from the town center up to Igbaclag Cave, 2.8 kilometers from Aningalan Proper, should be visited by tourists, it is urged.

The Office of the Provincial Agriculturist’s (OPA) Greenhouse Orchard and Vegetable Farm in Sitio Gahit, Barangay Osorio II, where the encounter on December 11 took place, is no longer accessible to tourists.

During the PPOC meeting, Lieutenant Col. Harold Garcia, Commanding Officer of the Philippine Army’s 61st Infantry Battalion, stated that the encounter was an isolated incident and that visitors and locals should not become alarmed.

There is no reason to worry since we have everything under control, he stated.

Garcia told the populace that the prompt action of the local police had thwarted any upcoming aggressive plans by the insurgents in the region.

During the incident, two police officers were hurt, but they are now being treated at a hospital in stable condition.

Margarito Mission, Jr., the mayor of San Remigio, claimed in a separate interview that the Philippine National Police and the Philippine Army had recommended lifting the suspension of classes in many schools on Tuesday.

The elementary schools in Barangays Osorio II, Cabunga-an, Bulan-bulan, Alegria, and Tubudan, as well as the Gov. Evelio B. Javier Memorial National High School, are among these institutions. They also include the integrated schools in Barangays Aningalan and Osorio I.

Mission declared, “Our circumstance is now back to normal.

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