Saturday, June 22, 2019

Kalinaw News: Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process at 7ID

Posted to Kalinaw News (Jun 22, 2019): Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process at 7ID

FORT MAGSAYSAY, Nueva Ecija – The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) conducted a Consultative Meeting with the Army’s 7th Infantry (Kaugnay) Division, in Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija, today.

Representing OPAPP is retired General Carlito G. Galvez, the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process and former Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines who arrived at the 7ID at 10:00 yesterday morning.

During the OPAPP-7ID Consultative Meeting, updates regarding the insurgency situation at 7ID’s area of responsibility (AOR) were presented. An Open Forum led by Colonel Audrey L Pasia, Chief of Staff, 7ID, gave insight on the best approach that the Army could take to further increase the rate of surrenderees and weaken the communist terrorist groups (CTG) thru peaceful means.

Among the concerns raised during the meeting was that of the continued recruitment of students by left-leaning organizations to join the revolutionary movement, and the exploitation of the situation of the urban poor and indigenous peoples to further the cause of insurgency. All these, the Philippine Army continue to peacefully counter through their Community Support Programs.

Major General Lenard T Agustin AFP, Commander, 7ID, said that Consultative Meetings with the OPAPP are necessary to ensure that all machineries with regards to the local peace process are in place and functioning at level best. It also serves as an opportunity to brainstorm and analyze which areas need to be improved upon and what actions need to be taken that will eventually guarantee the successful attainment of peace in 7ID’s AOR.

“The 7ID troops, along with our valuable stakeholders, have achieved much in convincing our brothers in the mountains to lay down their arms as evidenced by the increasing number of rebels and their supporters who seek the pardon of the government. President Duterte’s Whole-of-Nation Approach further empowered us in our peace-keeping efforts and paved the way to the declarations of “persona-non-grata” to members of the CTG in several of municipalities in our AOR. This, along with our aggressive determination to end the insurgency, will inevitably bring us the peace we long for,” added MGen. Agustin.

Division Public Affairs Office 7th Infantry Division Philippine Army
Cpt Catherine H Jubas
Chief, Division Public Affairs Office, 7ID
Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija

[Kalinaw News is the official online source of information on the pursuit for peace by the Philippine Army. It provides information on the activities of Army Units nationwide in the performance of their duty of Serving the People and Securing the Land. This website is a property of the Civil-Military Operations Regiment, Philippine Army located at Lawton Avenue, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.]

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