Thursday, May 27, 2021

EastMinCom is Best Performing Unified Command in Combat, Non-military Ops - AFP Chief

NSFA Panacan, Davao City - Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Gen. Cirilito Sobejana commended the Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) for sustaining its standing as the best Unified Command in terms of accomplishments in both combat and non-military operations.

This pronouncement was made by General Sobejana during his “Talk to Troops” on May 24 at the Naval Station Felix Apolinario Covered Court in Camp Panacan, Davao City.
Gen. Sobejana said that EastMinCom’s relationships with the communities and the Local Government Units are very commendable and should be sustained.

The AFP Chief of Staff has emphasized in his speech that the troops’ responsibility includes more than just war.

“Our AFP is not just for war. We are doing operations other than war. Our people should understand this,” Gen. Sobejana said, adding that AFP’s role in the society is ‘very relevant’ for its job is multifarious.

General Sobejana stressed the need for the troops to instill among the Filipino citizenry that the military’s role is not confined within the world of warfare, noting that the military dimension in solving the decades-old armed conflict is only about 20%. The Chief of Staff highlighted the importance of the Whole-of-Nation approach in ending the local communist armed conflict since he said that 80% of the solution requires the involvement of everybody.

Sobejana explained that there are problems relating to insurgency that are beyond the AFP’s resolve.
Hence, the help of civilians is crucial to the attainment of long lasting peace in the country.
“By way of addressing the economic dimension of war, we are putting an end to the armed conflict without firing a single shot. I just want to impress upon you that our arms and ammunitions are not the ultimate solutions to our security problem. We at the AFP should understand that,” he said but he was quick to add that this does not mean that soldiers should be unarmed.

EastMinCom, along with the other Unified Commands of the AFP, is working with other government agencies, Local Government Units and Civil Society Organizations in uplifting Filipino lives by establishing programs that are conducive to nation-building.

Among the most recent non-military activities of the Command are the establishment of “Tulong Bayanihan para sa Sambayanan” program which ensures the peaceful and orderly distribution of donated goods to the people who need it most. It has already benefitted around 1,300 families in Eastern Mindanao who have been badly hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. EastMinCom also continually mobilizes its troops to serve as frontliners in the fight against Covid-19 as we ensure a peaceful atmosphere of Eastern Mindanao.

Source: Public Information Office, Eastern Mindanao Command, AFP

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