Saturday, January 21, 2017

AFP adopts new security plan in NIR

From the Visayan Daily Star (Jan 21): AFP adopts new security plan in NIR

The Army's 3rd Infantry Division is now implementing the new campaign plan of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, dubbed as Development Support and Security Plan Kapayaan, in the Negros Island Region, Western and Central Visayas.

Newly-promoted Maj. Gen. Jon Aying, 3ID commander, yesterday said that the new campaign plan, which started this year until 2022, is a sequel to the AFP previous campaign plan, which ended December last year.

Aying, who joined the assessment of the Comprehensive Local Integration Program of the Department of Interior and Local Government yesterday, which was participated in by 50 former rebels at the provincial Capitol in Bacolod City, said the concept and approach in the Bayanihan campaign plan will be continued.

But he said some weak points in the previous campaign plan, which is not progressive towards achieving genuine and lasting peace, or development, had already been corrected.

The new campaign plan highlights and enhances the new and renewed role of the AFP towards nation building, especially in relation to the direction set by President Rodrigo Duterte.

Col. Edgard Arevalo, AFP Public Affairs Office chief, said the plan will serve as the blueprint as to how the AFP shall conduct its campaigns.

Arevalo said that the plan implemented during most of the administration of then President Benigno Aquino III was a success, stressing that it was able to achieve the objective, including the whole of nation approach.

As a result of it, the provinces of Negros Occidental and Oriental, Iloilo and Capiz have been declared as peaceful and ready for further development, while the island provinces of Guimaras and Siquijor, as well as Antique and Aklan, have been declared as insurgency-free, which are all under the area of operations of 3ID.

The new campaign plan also sets the direction for the military to support police operations against illegal drugs, among others.

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