KALIBO, Aklan – The Armed Forces of the Philippines through the Army’s 3rd Infantry “Spearhead” Division handed-over the Internal Peace and Security Efforts responsibility in Aklan to the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) Saturday April 25, 2015.
The joint Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was signed by the Governor and Chairman of Aklan Provincial Peace and Order Council Hon Florencio T Miraflores, Major General Rey Leonardo B Guerrero AFP, Commander of Army’s 3rd Infantry Division and Chief Superintendent Josephus Angan, Regional Director of PNP Regional Office 6 represented by PSSUPT Iver P Apellido, Officer-in-Charge of Aklan Provincial Police Office.
Colonel Eric Uchida, Commander of Army’s 301st Brigade said, “It is the long desire of the people of Aklan to move their province towards sustainable development.”
With the hand-over of the Internal Peace and Security Efforts, the lead role in maintaining internal peace and security will be upon the Aklan PPOC.
General Gregorio Pio Catapang, Jr., AFP Chief of Staff said in a message delivered by Brigadier General Vic Castro, Deputy Commander of Central Command, AFP “As mandated protectors of the people and the integrity of the State, we in the AFP through the 3rd Infantry Division, Philippine Army give you our assurance that we will persist in performing our part in securing the current status of Aklan and press on with providing for a community where our Aklanons can grow and feel safe.”
The AFP, PNP and the people of Aklan have committed to continue to work together in the spirit of “Bayanihan” to preserve and further enhance the peace and security situation in order to sustain socio-economic progress of the province.
Likewise, the uninterrupted peace and security situation in Aklan has paved the way for the entry of investors and boosted the healthy tourism atmosphere in the province that likewise contributed to the regional stability in Western Visayas.
Meantime, Major General Rey Leonardo Guerrero, Commander of 3rd Infantry Division has ensured that the Army in the region is strongly committed in its mission to establish peaceful and secure environment conducive to sustainable regional economic development.
“We must work hand- in-hand and continue to foster “Bayanihan” in our efforts to end the insurgency, and allow lasting peace and stability to thrive in the region,” MGen Guerrero said.
Those who stood as witnesses during the signing of the MOA were Brigadier General Vic Castro, Deputy Commander of Central Command, AFP, Colonel Eric Uchida, Commander of 301stInfantry Brigade, Hon Teodorico Haresco, Jr, Representative of the Lone District of Aklan, John Ace Azarcon, Provincial Director of DILG, Aklan, other AFP, PNP and local government officials, civil society and other stakeholders.
Through Provincial Resolution No. 1 Series of 2014 dated December 2, 2014, the Aklan PPOC unanimously accepted the responsibility to take the lead in the Internal Peace and Security Efforts in the province.
Aklan province was declared as insurgency-free province in 2011 and the peace and the peace and security situation since then continued to improve as manifested by the absence of violent incident attributed to the CPP-NPA. It further boosted the socio-economic, agro-industrial and infrastructure development activities in the province.
Since the declaration of Aklan as insurgency-free province, the peace and order councils, from the province down to the barangay levels have been effective in promoting peace in the entire province.
Press Release by 3ID, PA