Saturday, November 16, 2019

WESTMINCOM: SND graces BARMM RTF-ELCAC workshop culminating activity

Posted to the Western Mindanao Command (WESTMINCOM) Website (Nov 16, 2019): SND graces BARMM RTF-ELCAC workshop culminating activity

Camp Don Basilio Navarro, Calarian, Zamboanga City-November 15, 2019

The 3-day BARMM Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (BARMM-ELCAC) strategic plan workshop concluded this afternoon (November 15) with Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana as the guest of honor and speaker.

The culminating activity was held at Palacio del Sur, Marcian Garden Hotel, this city.

During the 3-day workshop, the participants proposed that the RTF-ELCAC should be changed to RTF-ELAC or Regional Task Force to End Local Armed Conflicts since the vast area of BARMM faces not only communist insurgents but other threat groups as well.

BARMM is comprised of 5 provinces including Maguindanao, Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, and Lanao where different threat groups such as the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), Daulah Islamiya (DI), Communist NPA Terrorist Groups (CNTG), and other local terrorist groups (LTG) exist.

Secretary Lorenzana, who was designated by President Duterte as the BARMM’s Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security (CORDS), expressed his sincere gratitude to all who contributed to the success of the just concluded activity.

“Let us work together for us to achieve a stable, peaceful, secured, and progressive Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao,” said Sec. Lorenzana.

SND was joined by Defense Undersecretary for Defense Operations Cesar Yano, Western Mindanao Command chief Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, BARMM Public Order and Safety Minister Hussein Muñoz, Naval Forces Western Mindanao Commander Rear Adm. Erick Kagaoan, other military and police officers, and BARMM officials.

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