Counter-insurgency program bares new synergy
by RG Alama
Davao City (15 September) -- In its new counterinsurgency approach, the Army bared a synergy between the fighting infantry and its building engineers.
Speaking before members of the Davao del Norte media during the weekly Kapihan sa Kapitolyo held last Sept. 10 at the Davao del Norte Provincial Capitol in Tagum City. Brig. Gen. Carlos Holganza, commanding General of the Philippine Army's 1001st Infantry Brigade said the new approach will strongly integrate development work in its counterinsurgency program.
Gen. Holganza said that the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) General Headquarters or GHQ has created the National Development Command which seeks to combine combat infantry with engineers and Civil Relations Services in counterinsurgency operations.
Aside from pure combat which will be done by the infantry, the engineers will conduct development efforts through infrastructure programs like farm-to-market roads, schoolbuildings, waterworks and other rural infrastructure while CRS will conduct humanitarian projects like livelihood trainings, medical missions and literacy programs that seeks to uplift the livelihood of the conflict-affected community.
The 1001st Commanding General said that unlike the Clear, hold and consolidate strategy which depended on various Government agencies in the consolidation phase, the new approach will now have the Army having an active role in the development efforts to uplift the community and reduce poverty which is the breeding ground of insurgency.
"This goes to show that the Army is here for peace and to provide selfless service to the people." Holganza said, whose Area of Responsibility is an active ground for the New People's Army, Compostela Valley Province which is in the middle of the 1001st AOR has six NPA Fronts operating. (PIA XI) [top]