The Armed Forces of the Philippines Central Command is further strengthening its partnership with local government executives in Negros Occidental, to forge a concerted LGU-driven people-centered approach to the insurgency problem in the province.
Lt. Gen. Paul Atal, AFP Central Command chief, who admits that the AFP cannot solve the insurgency problem alone, said that the solution to the multi-dimensional issue must be a concerted effort of all stakeholders in the community, especially the local government units,
Atal, Brig. Dinoh Dolina, 3rd Infantry Division commander, and Brig. Gen. Eliezer Losanes, 303rd Infantry Brigade commanding officer, joined Saturday Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Michael Lloyd Dino in the launching of “ Malasakit sa Bayan para sa Kapayapaan at Kaunlaran” Program”, at the Nature’s Restaurant in Talisay City, that was attended by Negros Occidental mayors and representatives of various national government agencies.
The 303rd Infantry Brigade presented to the mayors the dynamics of the insurgency problem in Negros Occidental, focusing on the sugarcane industry, the main industry that propels the growth of the province.
The Malasakit program was meant to address the root causes of insurgency, and its capability of resurrection after the defeat of its armed group, the New People’s Army, that is targeted for the end of this year, Atal said.
During the launching activity, Dino emphasized the need for all government units and agencies to work together, to realize the change that President Rodrigo Duterte envisions for the country
He said the Malasakit program is the way of Malacañang for connecting with communities in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas.
On the same day, Atal went to Himamaylan City in Negros Occidental, and congratulated the 62nd Infantry Battalion led by Lt. Col. Darryl Banez, for a job well done, in the arrest of six rebels and the recovery of several high-powered guns and explosives.
“This is just the start of our journey for peace. There will be obstacles along the way, but we must persevere because we cannot fail our people,” Atal told the 62IB troopers.*GPB
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