AFP to present 'IPSP Bayanihan'

May 28, 2012 12:38 am 

MANILA, May 27 – In line with its commitment to transparency and good governance goals, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will present its first year assessment of Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) "Bayanihan" to the Ateneo De Manila University (ADMU) community in Quezon City on May 30 to 31.

Col. Arnulfo Burgos, Jr., AFP spokesperson, said the office of the deputy chief of staff for operations would preside in this activity, together with the ADMU Department of Political Science – Working Group on Security Sector Reform (SSR).

Dubbed as “Addressing Armed Conflicts through Collaborative Efforts: Focus on the IPSP Bayanihan,” the activity is aimed at assessing how the different security stakeholders appreciate the "IPSP Bayanihan".

Burgos said the event hoped to bring together local and national government units as well as civil society groups to look into the efforts of the military.

He also said that the two-day activity also aimed to discuss the successful interventions, challenges, spaces of engagements, and remaining things to be done to finally convince the armed groups to abandon their violent means to institute change.

Top military and security officials are expected to attend as resource persons and speakers.

The Sec. Voltaire Gazmin of the Department of National Defense (DND) will discuss about allocating the IPSP in the defense transformation; National Security Adviser, Sec. Cesar Garcia will discuss about IPSP in the National Security Plan; Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, Sec. Teresita Deles will talk about the relevance of the IPSP in the peace process; Department of Interior and Local Government Sec. Jesse Robredo will talk about the Role of the AFP in the local government’s security plan; and Philippine National Police head Director General Nicanor Bartolome will discuss about the law enforcement and internal security operations.

Philippine Army chief Lt.Gen. Emmanuel Bautista is also invited to present an overview of the "IPSP Bayanihan" while Major Gen. Romeo Calizo, the deputy-chief-of-staff for operations, J-3, AFP is tasked to state the IPSP first year assessment.

The managing head of the conference, Jennifer Santiago Oreta of the ADMU Department of Political Science – Working Group on SSR also led the so called AFP’s IPSP Watchdog, named “Bantay Bayanihan” (BB).

Conceptualized in September 2011, the creation of BB started with the initiative of the civil society organization which served as an engagement of civil society and the AFP.

It could either serve as an alternative or complementary forum with respect to the peace and order councils and regional development councils.

BB is envisioned to be a dialogue space that brings together civil society organization, the academe, civilian government units whose services have direct bearing on conflict formation and peace building, and the AFP.

It highlights issues and concerns regarding peace and conflict dynamics in localities.

Specifically, it aims to help create a positive atmosphere for the on-going peace talks; create a “dialogue space” for security stakeholders to begin the discussion on the security sector reform and development, both in the local and national levels; and serve as venue where critical security and development issues are raised into open public debate and to the attention of policy makers.

With high hopes for the success of this civilian-led forum/dialogue space, BB has already started its ground working and was formally launched last 29 November 2011.

“This activity implies another opportunity for the AFP to put into practice its whole-of-nation and multi-stakeholder approach of winning the peace as embodied in the 'IPSP Bayanihan'. With the concerted efforts of the civil society organizations, the academe, and civilian government units to monitor and assist us in implementing the IPSP, we will be guided and therefore we will be better and more efficient implementers of the people-centered principles of 'Bayanihan',” AFP chief-of-staff Gen. Jessie Dellosa said. (PNA)

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