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AFP to Discuss IPSP 1st Year Assessment with Watchdog

CAMP GENERAL EMILIO AGUINALDO, Quezon City – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in its commitment to further increase its multi-stakeholder engagement will present the Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) Bayanihan’s first year assessment in a two-day conference to be held at the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) in Quezon City, May 30-31, 2012.

The AFP through the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, OJ3 will support this activity which will be managed and hosted by 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. It hopes to bring together local and national government units as well as civil society groups to look into the efforts of the military.

The two-day event also aims 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 Secretary of the Department of National Defense (DND), Voltaire Gazmin will discuss about locating the IPSP in the Defense Tranformation; National Security Adviser, Sec. Cesar Garcia will discuss about Locating the 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 (DILG) Sec. Jesse Robredo will talk about the Role of the AFP in the Local Government’s Security Plan; and Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief, Dir. Gen. Nicanor Bartolome will discuss about the Law Enforcement and Internal Security Operations.

LtGen. Emmanuel Bautista, Commanding General of the Philippine Army is also invited to present an overview of the IPSP Bayanihan while MGen. Romeo Calizo, the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, J3, 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.” Conceptualized in September 2011, the creation of Bantay Bayanihan or “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.

The 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 Armed Forces of the Philippines 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,” Gen. Dellosa said.

 PAO | Armed Forces of the Philippines | May 27, 2012 | Article Link


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