A DUMAGUETE City councilor who is a former Army scout ranger welcomed the continuing efforts of the city and provincial governments in enhancing capabilities of government functionaries on how to collectively gather information that are useful in the fight against terrorism.
Councilor Alan Gel Cordova and Vice Mayor Franklin Esmeña III said the success of the fight against terrorism needs the concerted cooperation, including sharing of information between government and the community.
“We live under the blessing of democracy because we could say anything we want, but with just one bomb exploding in a facility will change everything,” Cordova said.
Cordova represented Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo in the two-day peace symposium training that ended late Tuesday, June 20. The event was jointly organized by the joint Task Force on Security in cooperation with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the Philippine National Police (PNP), the Philippine Navy and the Philippine Coast Guard and held at the convention center.
The event included topics on information collection training that was participated in by barangay officials, tanods, Bantay Dagat members, resort owners and other local government officials. Issues and concerns have been ventilated, including protocols in relaying intelligence information from top to bottom.
Participants were also asked to refrain from immediately posting in social media information or pictures that are still unverified or unvalidated.
Esmeña added that no amount of technology, high tech weaponry nor amount of government security personnel can maintain the peace without the support of the community.
Bimbo Miraflor, Task Force Leon Kilat executive director, said everybody has to understand that the fight right now is not for the government forces alone but a fight for the whole country. (PNA)