LIEUTENANT General Cirilito Sobejana, Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) chief, has urged the village officials of Mapun, Tawi-Tawi, to take the lead in the intensified campaign for sustainable peace and development.
Sobejana made the call when he met on Sunday, August 18, the village and military officials at the town hall of Mapun, Tawi-Tawi.
“The strength of our nation is as good as its weakest barangays. Do not think that you are just barangay captains, you are nothing in the government structure,” Sobejana told the 15 village officials, who attended the dialogue.
“You have an enormous role in the security campaign, and you must strive to implement what good plans you have for the common good,” Sobejana added.
He said that internal security begins with society’s smallest unit; thus, protected villages can prevent the infiltration of lawless elements in their area.
He urged local officials to set a good example, as the local government and the security sector work for peaceful and economically developed communities.
Charles Lao, officer-in-charge of the Office of the Mayor of Mapun, said it was the first time for the Westmincom leadership to talk with local officials and the community.
“We are very much honored to have Lt. Gen. Sobejana and his staff. We want to extend our heartfelt and profound gratitude to you for sharing with us your wisdom and for addressing all our concerns despite our location,” Lao said.
They also discussed during the meeting the Executive Order (EO) No. 70 issued by President Rodrigo Duterte.
EO No. 70 institutionalizes the whole-of-nation approach in attaining inclusive and sustainable peace, creating a national task force to end local communist armed conflict, and directing the adoption of a national peace framework.
After the meeting, Sobejana also visited the camps of the Marine Battalion Landing Team-6, Philippine Coast Guard, and Air Force Tactical Operations Squadron in Tawi-Tawi. (Bong Garcia/SunStar Philippines)