Celso meets new IMT head of mission PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 10 March 2012 13:56

The new head of mission of the International Monitoring Team (IMT-7) met with Mayor Celso Lobregat in City Hall Friday afternoon to apprise the chief executive about the team’s objectives as well as to ensure good working relations with the local government.

Maj. Gen. Dato’ Abdul Rahim Bin Mohd Yusoff, IMT-7 head of mission from Malaysia was with other IMT members and representatives from the Government of the Philippines (GPH) Coordinating Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities (CCCH) and Ad Hoc Joint Action Group (AHJAG) when he paid a courtesy visit to City Hall.

Mayor Lobregat warmly welcomed the group to City Hall and stressed anew the city’s stand on the peace talks between the government and the secessionist group Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

Mayor Lobregat also gave the head of mission copies of a documentary entitled “In Defense of Zamboanga, Mindanao, the Constitution and the Republic” that chronicles the city’s past and future actions concerning the peace process.

Based on the terms of reference, the IMT is purposely to monitor the implementation of the Agreement on Peace between the GPH and the MILF of 22 June 2001 and its Implementing Guidelines on the Security Aspect of 7 August 2001 and Implementing Guidelines on the Humanitarian, Rehabilitation and Development Aspects of 7 May 2002 (Tripoli Agreement) and Agreement on the Civilian Protection Component (CPC) of the IMT of 27 October 2009.

The IMT is headed by the facilitating country and other countries and international organizations are also invited to participate in the team, based on prior agreement by both the MILF and the GPH. The IMT is led by a Head of Mission, a Deputy Head of Mission, and four Coordinators on Security; Humanitarian, Rehabilitation, and Development; Socio-Economic Assistance and Civilian Protection.

Aside from Gen. Yusoff, other IMT members who paid a courtesy call on Mayor Lobregat were Col. Mohd Halim Bin Khalid, Mr. Bror Gevelt, Mr. Tor Frebrik Moe, Mr. Mohd Idris Bin Abu Nawas, Mr. Johar Julasbi, Mr. Ochiai Naoyuki and Ms. Cynthia Petrigh and their GPH CCCH/AHJAG counterparts—BGen. Ariel Bernardo, AFP- CCCH Chairman; BGen. Roland Amarille, AHJAG chairman; Maj. Carlos Sol Jr.- head CCCH secretariat; TSG. Danilo Pillo; SSg. Sherwin Selibio; SSg. Linus Orgo; SSg. Ronald Mamasu and Mr. Jose Santiago Pacaldo III among others.

Joining the mayor in meeting with the new IMT team were Councilors Abdurahman Nuno, Lilia Nuño and Nonong Guingona and City Hall Executive Assistant on Muslim Affairs Amilpasa Bandaying.

Last week, the IMT-6 Team Site 3 headed by Capt. Khalid Bin Jaafar made an exit call on Mayor Lobregat. The team started its term March 12, 2011 and will culminate its stint March 13. — Sheila Covarrubias