From DWDD AFP Civil Relations Service Radio Website (Aug 9): PARTNER IN DEVELOPMENT | 6ID supports government Peace and Development efforts
CAMP GEN EMILIO AGUINALDO, Quezon City (DWDD) – The 6th Infantry “Kampilan” Division fully supports the government’s Peace and Development efforts, like the anti-drug campaign of the administration.
This was the statement made by Brigadier General Cirilito E Sobejana AFP, in an interview by DWDD.
According to BGen Sobejana, jointly with the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), they have launched numerous operations against illegal drug groups like the recent recovery of numerous volumes of the illegal substance in the town of Datu Sinsuat.
BGen Sobejana added that if the joint operations would meet any resistance, the AFP is ready to support and respond.
TERRORISM TO TOURISM
Sobejana is optimistic that the region would benefit from the gained peace and development in the region. The 6ID is now pushing for an increase in tourism with their “terrorism to tourism” and “battlefield to oil field” slogans. He has assured the security of these developments in coordination with the Local Government Units (LGUs) and religious leaders in the region.
The continued implementation of Martial Law in Mindanao has made Mindanaoans more secure with the daily lives. The ordinary citizens have now felt the presence of their government through the delivery of basic services. He added that they respect the sentiments of some sector on their resistance to the implementation of martial law but the Mindanaoan themselves have felt the positive change with its continued imposition.
The AFP is in the forefront of the transformation ng Mindanao with the campaign of Peace and Development through the implementation of various livelihood programs in cooperation with the LGUs who will provide the much-needed resources. The AFP is also in the thick of mediating and encouraging civilian partners to assist in different projects that would make a positive impact on our countrymen.
LOCALIZED PEACE TALKS
BGen Sobejana fully-supports the conduct of localized peace talks in the pursuit of a lasting peace and development in the region. He believes that the talks would be more credible if you could we face the problem on the grounds. Direct talks with local rebel leaders can better resolve any issues of concerns since they know the problem very well. Compared to dealing with Communist leaders based in a foreign country that does not have a clear control of their members on the ground.
The AFP is not only involved in dealing with security threats but leads the way in resolving development concerns of the community. Sobejana added that the bottom line is that the problem is economic, like the lack of job opportunities and poverty. So the government is implementing a hard and soft approach on the matter to gain a sustainable effect and thus preventing them in being duped to joint any armed uprising. AES / MCAG