General Noel Segovia Clement, the newly-designated Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, visited the Western Mindanao Command today, November 14.
He was welcomed with a battalion-sized military honors rendered by the officers, enlisted personnel, and civilian human resource of the command led by Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana.
Also in attendance were the commanders of the joint task forces and OpCon units under the WestMinCom’s jurisdiction.
Highlights of his visit were the ceremonial demilitarization of CCSR firearms and the talk to troops held at the command’s grandstand.
The demilitarization of captured, confiscated, surrendered, and recovered (CCSR) firearms refers to the destruction of firearms by cutting and burning whereby all parts of the firearms will be rendered ineffective for use as a component of a complete firearm.
Said activity was facilitated by the 9th Forward Service Support Unit, Army Support Command, Philippine Army headed by Lt. Col. William Victorino Upano.
A total of 100 units of captured, confiscated, surrendered, and recovered firearms were presented, 2 of which were initially demilitarized and were presented to Gen. Clement.
30 of the 100 were surrendered to and recovered by the operating units in Sulu, 17 in Basilan, 24 in Zamboanga Peninsula, and 29 in Central Mindanao area.
The demilitarization symbolizes the state’s authority and victory over those who use weapons to inflict threats and terror among the people.
General Clement also visited the gallant soldiers who were wounded in a recent encounter against the ASG in Patikul, Sulu. A wounded personnel medal was then awarded to the brave soldiers who are currently recuperating at Camp Navarro General Hospital, this city.
During his talk to the men and women of WestMinCom, Gen. Clement expressed his gratitude for the honors and warm welcome rendered to him and his party.
He also lauded the troops for the numerous accomplishments of the command and further encouraged them to exert more effort for the fulfillment of all the mandated tasks.
“We need the support of everyone, your participation is necessary for the accomplishment of our mission,” Gen. Clement said.
“The general headquarters is here to support you with all your requirements needed for the success of your assigned tasks,” he added.
“Let us work together for the accomplishment of our mission,” Gen. Clement concluded.
Gen. Noel Clement is the 52nd Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. He is a proud member of the Philippine Military Academy “Sandiwa” class of 1985.
Source: PIO Western Mindanao Command