New Task Force chief vows to keep peace, dev't

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Thursday, June 5, 2014


THE newly-installed commander of the Task Force Davao (TFD) vowed to continue efforts toward peace and development and protect the gains of the anti-terrorist unit of Davao City.

Colonel Macairog S. Alberto, during Wednesday's change of command ceremony at the TFD headquarters at Sta. Wharf in Davao City, said he will continue the efforts and programs started by his predecessor Colonel Casiano C. Monilla.

The change of command was administered by the Philippine Army's 10th Infantry Division commander Major General Ariel Bernardo.

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It was graced by the Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) chief Lt. General Ricardo Rainier Cruz III, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte, and other officers from government agencies.

Bernardo emphasized the challenging role entrusted to a TFD commander, especially that he has to keep the high trust rating of 83 percent based on Davao City-wide Social Survey conducted by the University Research Council of Ateneo de Davao University (AdDu).

He said Alberto should maintain, or even surpass such an achievement by creating a positive change in his leadership.

Alberto, a member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) class 1986, is known for his fine leadership qualities and efficient managerial skills in his previous assignments. Before he assumed his post as TFD chief, he was assigned as Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence at the Philippine Army headquarters.

The newly-installed commander aims to give the Task Force Davao a satisfactory and fulfilling course with the support from the troops of the Philippine Army and members of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

"Our mission is to prevent and defend Davao City and its people from threats of the local and foreign terrorist organizations. The Task Force Davao has programs; one, is to prevent attacks; two, is to implement measures that will deter the entry of threat groups, and also we have the capability to depend the public," Alberto said.

Aside from the programs of the task force, Alberto said he is also open for more improvement that would help improve the troops.

He said this development will include all stakeholders, the media, especially the people of Davao, as he vowed to initiate more partnerships toward peace.

"This job as commander of the Task Force Davao is very important. My job now is to inspire them, lead them, and motivate them to maintain these standards set by the former [TFD] commander and also the standards that are required by the Davao City mayor," Alberto added during the I-Speak Forum yesterday.

Alberto also vowed to add more members to the Special Cafgu Active Auxiliary (Scaa), which only has around 100 members.

He added that they will also conduct concrete trainings and provide equipment that are necessary for their duties.

"I will check the procedures. I have been briefed by my staff on the procedures so yang pasilip-silip lang, we will ensure na hindi lang ganun [ang magiging trabaho ng task force]. Of course, we will also consider what is convenient for the people. We will improve our security measures and balance everything," Alberto said.

"We will make sure na hindi tayo basta malulusotan. We would provide our troops with proper trainings and right equipment. Tignan natin yung capability nila, we need to improve some more. We will conduct proper inspection also to ensure the safety of the Davao people," he added.

Alberto also warned his personnel to never get involved in any illegal activity, especially in illegal drugs, otherwise they will be dischraged from the service. (ICT)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on June 06, 2014.

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