Tuesday, 21 February 2012 10:23
CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao - The military in Central Mindanao region is fully supportive of the Mindanao peace process which is nearing completion.
Maj.Gen. Rey Ardo, 6th Infantry Division commander, said the four Army brigades under his command and the battalions under the brigades are playing their roles in helping lay down the foundation of the long awaited peace in southern Philippines.
Ardo said the local government units in Maguindanao and North Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat have put up, along with the military units assigned in the area, road sides along major highways reminding the people that peace is possible in Mindanao.
"Muslim, Christians, Lumads desire for peace," one roadside signs said.
"Peace is everybody's dream, including that of our soldiers," Ardo, who once served as chair of the government ceasefire panel, told reporters.
"In fact, our soldiers are no longer preparing for war most of the time but preparing how to contribute in the attainment of peace in the island," he said.
Maguindanao, where most of the 6th ID troops have been assigned, is a known hot bed of Moro uprising.
Development moves slow pace in the province because of peace and order problem.
Ardo admitted that the presence of Malaysian-led International Monitoring Team has contributed to the reduction of Moro rebels-government troops clashes in Mindanao in 2011.
Aside from working for peace, the soldiers of the "Kampilan" division are also active in the protection of environment.
Over the weekend, more than 3,000 mahogany seedlings were planted by soldiers and other non government organizations in a military reservation area near the Cotabato airport.
Similarly, the four Army brigades under the 6th ID have planted trees in the surroundings of military camps.
"These trees are not for us but for the next generations to come," he said. Ardo enjoined civic organizations and peoples organization to take part in peace building and environmental protection programs in their communities.
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