Westmincom reviews progress of IPSP Bayanihan PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 14:18

Western Mindanao Command hosted last Monday a command conference attended by commanders of the Army’s 1st and 6th Infantry Divisions, 3rd Air Division of the Philippine Air Force, Naval Forces Western Mindanao Command, PNP counterparts and other senior staff to review the progress of its Internal Peace and Security Operation (IPSO) efforts in Western Mindanao for the 1st Semester of 2013.

Other stakeholders in attendance who gave updates on the GPH-MILF peace process and Sajahatra Bangsamoro Programs were Professor Mirriam Coronel Ferrer, chairperson of GHP-MILF Peace Process, OPAPP and Prof Howard Cafugauan, Assistant Secretary for Programs, OPAPP. Likewise, GPH-CCCH Chair Brig. Gen. Cesar Dionisio T Sedillo also provided valuable and essential inputs. Its purpose is to determine whether the Command is right on track with its campaign; determine the contributory factors which affect the success, delay or failure; and identify the gaps and challenges.

In his command Guidance, Gen. Rey Ardo, Western Mindanao Command commander, described the 1st Semester of 2013 in the following manner: “It was a very challenging period for the Western Mindanao Command. Aside from having to accomplish the mandates on internal security, the Sabah Crisis gave it also the opportunity to employ AFP resources and assets of large magnitude and helped resolve and diffuse the tension which could have transformed into large-scale violence, thus preventing negative international repercussions; the recently concluded national and local elections was a huge success when compared to past elections. The Command was able to successfully harness the support of all the stakeholders toward the realization of a secure, orderly and credible Elections 2013; from a potent national security threat, the MILF is now treated as a ‘special security concern’ after the signing of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB). Since its signing, a significant and more improved security condition in the entire area of responsibility can be noticed. This however can be attributed to several factors such as the continued adherence and respect to the primacy of the peace process; ability to contribute and undertake confidence-building measures; and being able to put up a credible deterrence. Overall, the Command made significant headway in its campaign both in addressing the local security threats, including allied threats and other maritime security concerns.”

The command conference ended with a message of rejoinder from Gen. Ardo to the subordinate commanders and other participants/stakeholders to pursue with even greater zeal and enthusiasm in helping accomplish the mission of the Command for the remaining months of the year.