AFP joins first longest peace caravan in Basilan PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 23 September 2011 15:31

The Armed Forces of the Philippines headed by Maj. Gen. Roberto L. Morales joined the other day the  first peace caravan in Basilan dubbed as “Biyahe Tungo sa Kaunlaran at Kapayapaan makakamit kung may bayanihan sa Basilan….Nuhut ne aa magbyani basilanin”.

The caravan was participated by the different stakeholders, such as the municipalities of Akbar, Al-barka, Hadji Mohammad Adjul, Lantawan, Maluso, Sumisip, Tipo-Tipo, Ungkaya Pukan, Tuburan and the two cities of Lamitan and Isabela, Joint Task Force Basilan, (4th Special Forces Battalion, 4th Scout Ranger Battalion, 32nd Infantry Battalion), 4th CRG, CRSAFP, JSOTF-P, Philippine National Police, AFP reservist, civilians, and local residents. It covered some 100 kilometer all throughout Basilan’s rough terrain.

There were around 60 vehicles roamed and convoyed in the Peace Caravan which lasted all day, stopping at every major municipalities of Maluso, Sumisip, Tipo-Tipo and two cities in Lamitan and Isabela in Basilan where dialogues for peace were held.

Part of the activity was a simple program  held at Tumahubong National High School, attended by local officials, students and teachers of Claret School of Tumahubong, Tumahubong National High School and Tumahubong Elementary school, with some 1,000 participants present. Several activities were conducted, like free medical dental mission, libreng gupit, food feeding and toys raffles,  jointly conducted by the local government, Provincial Health Office and military which benefited thousands of residents in the said place.

Gen. Morales, SOCOM commander, stressed that the support shown by the different stakeholders in the province was a manifestation of sincere commitment in achieving peace.  More so, the AFP is seriously committed through its campaign plan IPSP to once and for all address the needed peace and tranquility of the people, where everyone has the significant role to play..

On the other hand, Vice Governor Al-Rasheed Sakkalahul underscored the importance of unity to achieve peace and further encourage all participants especially the mayors to exert more efforts and take the lead in preserving peace and order in their community.

Col. Aminkadra S. Undug, regiment commander, said in his message that the future of Basilan lies on the people “and so peace is still in the hands of the Basilenos and the military is just a part of the overall efforts and success.

He added that every Basileño should join hands in the spirit of  “Bayanihan” to achieve this cause, for everyone is a stakeholder playing important role to make this cause tangible.