Monday, January 30, 2012

Security forces hold consultation with stakeholders

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO — Security forces in Central Luzon (CL) under the 7th Infantry Division (7ID) conducted a one-day stakeholders’ consultative meeting over the weekend in a bid to address issues and concerns in local peacekeeping and counter-insurgency efforts here.
The meeting was under the ambit of the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Internal Peace and Security Plan “Bayanihan” and was held at Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija province.
Major General Jose Z. Mabanta Jr. of the 7ID, in an interview with Sun.Star Pampanga, said the meeting followed the theme: “Winning the Peace through ‘Bayanihan’” wherein the inputs from the consultative meeting will be used in crafting 7ID’s “Bayanihan” plan in support to the socio-economic activities and to uplift the quality life of the people in the provinces under the Division.
The meeting was aimed at soliciting inputs from the Church, local chief executives, local government units and agencies, civil society organizations, the academe, business sector, human rights advocate groups, and the Philippine National Police.
The Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) “Bayanihan” was born out of a series of consultations and an intensive workshop with representatives from civil society groups, the academe, and government agencies.
“That stakeholder consultation continues. While we confront the armed threats, we also want to know as to how we can contribute to the society’s battle to other threats.
These are the threats to the basic way of life of our people”, Mabanta said.
“We will have a campaign plan for ‘Winning the Peace’. This plan will be shared, co-authored, co-crafted with other stakeholders,” Mabanta added.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on January 29, 2012.
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