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PNP, AFP conduct security assessment for Oct. 29

by Maritess Beņas

BANGUED, Abra (6 October) -- In preparation for the upcoming elections of the Barangays and the Sangguniang Kabataan on October 29, 2007, a joint assessment of the internal security operations (ISO) of the Cordillera Region and Region 1 was conducted last week at the 503rd Infantry Brigade in Brgy. Sulvec, Narvacan, Ilocos Sur.

This was necessary given the situation that killings are indiscriminately carried out during elections. Hence, the need for tightened security measures to be conducted by the PNP in cooperation with the AFP troops fielded in the remote communities.

All PNP provincial directors of CAR and Region 1 were present during the assessment, including the battalion commanders of the 503rd Brigade headed by Col. Loreto Rirao, Col. Pedrito Presto of the Philippine Air Force, and the Director of the Naval Forces in the North, Director Falco Illumar Dingal, and the commanding officers of the Regional Mobile Forces of CAR of the two regions

In an interview with 1Lt. Edward Sia-ed, the Civil Military Operations officer of the 41st IB, the ISO assessment was very productive because of the fusion of ideas coming from the heads of the various PNP and AFP units having different levels of experiences in their work assignments. This was also enhanced by the issues and concerns raised by the local and regional mediamen who attended the press conference.

The joint PNP-AFP forces have also forged mutual cooperation to fight terrorism particularly communist insurgency which had been recently rocking their area of jurisdiction and posing threats to the peace and order as well as economic conditions of the local people.

The ISO assessment, is also a response to the call of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo that 'the war against criminality and terrorism is sustained at the grassroots level and that evil is kept at bay in the streets and in the countryside.' This will to reinforce the country's economic gain with a solid foundation of law and order. (PIA-Abra) [top]

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