Wednesday, 25 January 2012 12:27
Newly-installed Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom) chief Maj. Gen. Noel Coballes has announced that one of his priorities is to intensify the implementation of the government's Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP).
Coballes, who assumed command Saturday, said the IPSP will serve as a guide “in all operations” of the Wesmincom.
The IPSP, which was launched by President Benigno S. Aquino III last year, is designed to reduce the capabilities of internal armed threats to a level that they can no longer threaten the stability of the state and civil authorities and ensure the safety and well-being of the Filipino people.
Coballes, however, emphasized that they will respect “humanitarian law and rights” while intensifying the implementation of the IPSP.
Coballes said they will conduct various fora to explain to all the stakeholders about the IPSP and “for them to understand” the program.
The IPSP has four specific elements: governance, delivery of basic services, economic reconstruction and sustainable development, and security sector reform to ensure the protection of the state and the people.
The IPSP emphasizes that the primary focus in the conduct of military operations is “winning the peace and not just defeating the enemy.”
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