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PIA Press Release
2008/11/24

Military to initiate community -friendly strategy to combat insurgency

By Mar Arguelles

Legazpi City (24 November) -- The Philippine Army in Bicol will pursue a four pronged community friendly strategy designed to win the hearts and minds of the people, a ranking Army official said on Monday.

Army Colonel Ariel Bernardo, Commanding Officer of the 901st Infantry Brigade here has lined up four programs which include: the Community-Based Organizing (CBO) and Youth Leadership Summit (YLS); AFP Social Responsibility (ASR) Forum; My Tree, My Life and Peace and Development Rally scheduled on Nov. 28-30, this year.

Bernardo said these activities would focus on developing the 15 towns and three cities in Albay as integrated areas for peace and development focusing on the community, youth, environment and peace.

He said the program will be participated in by the local government units, national government agencies, non-government organizations and multi sectoral and people's organizations in Albay.

The ASR would showcase six programs namely "Kalikasan, Kalusugan, Karunungan, Kalinga, Kakayahan, and Kapayapaan.

The peace and development rally dubbed as "Katipunan para sa Kaunlaran, Kapayapaan at Kalikasan ng mga Bicolano" will be held on Sunday at the Ligao City Plaza where thousands of people from various walks of life are expected to join.

Bernardo said the peace rally aims to attain a long lasting peace and development in the province.

The Youth Leadership Summit would discuss topics involving the role of the youth in the campaign on climate change adaptation, peace and security and economic development.

The insurgency problem has been pestering the Bicol peninsula for more than three decades, bringing the region's economy to a standstill.

Communist guerillas have initiated extortion activities to fund their movement and attacks killing hundreds of military and police personnel including innocent civilians and destroying vital public and private infrastructures. (PIA) [top]

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