AFP crafting new campaign plan for IPS with various stakeholders

September 6, 2010 11:33 am 

MANILA, Sept. 5 – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is formulating a new campaign plan of substantive scope for counter-insurgency that is seen to sustain the gains achieved and to fix the aspects needed to be enhanced.

At present, the AFP Civil Relations Service said that the AFP, in coordination with various government agencies, is in the process of mapping out a new strategic direction for a new government strategy for Internal Peace and Security (IPS) through a series of workshops which kicked-off on Sept. 1 in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.

CRS Media Affairs Group chief Maj. Eugenio Julio Osias said the workshop is divided into three major segments: Strategic Direction from Sept. 1-3 at Fort Bonifacio; Mission Analysis from Sept. 8–10 at Camp Aguinaldo; and Concept Development from Sept. 22–24, also at Camp Aguinaldo.

"Making Human Rights as its nucleus, this workshop shall incorporate, crystallize, and harmonize comprehensive, decisive, and inter-related military strategies to achieve strategic goals with civilian safety and community protection as the highest priorities," said Osias.

Among the spheres under discussion are Human Rights, National Development, Peace Process, International Relations, Islamic Concerns on IPS, and role of local government units (LGUs) on IPS.

"The output envisions an expanded military role in terms of human rights advocacy and as peacemaker, as well as strengthens opportunities to synergize efforts up to the grassroots level," said Osias.

"The Armed Forces has been consistent in partnering with salient government bodies, NGOs, and other stakeholders for the citizens to reap the best of services and benefits from such collaboration," he added.

Osias said the convergence of interests, through the involvement of various government agencies, NGOs and other stakeholders, provides a stimulus of invaluable insights and ensures that a multitude of possibilities, perspectives, and concerns are given attention as they are considered, discussed, determined, and explored.

"This will further help set the priorities and avoid duplication of efforts, allocate funding appropriately and rationalize resources, establish clear lines of authority and coordination, enforce a sustained course of actions, and follow a resilient strategic direction," he said.

Participating agencies include the Department of Justice (DOJ), National Security Council (NSC), Department of National Defense (DND), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Commission on Human Rights (CHR), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and Office of Muslim Affairs (OMA), among others.

"The AFP is inclined to push for a strategy that emphasizes on nation-building efforts that will be carried out through its various Civil-Military Operations (CMOs), including developmental projects in the communities," said Osias.

"The workshop is seen only as the beginning of future convergence to ensure that the aspired campaign plan is fault-free and holistic before its implementation. The new campaign plan is projected to take effect on January 1, 2011," he also said. (PNA) scs/VR

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