partnership in Region 8
By DPAO, 8ID PA
September 22, 2012
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City, Samar – The Police Regional Office 8 and the 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers)
Division, Philippine Army strengthened their partnership as both
groups participated in the Joint Peace and Security Coordinating
Council (JPSCC) Meeting held last September 20, 2012 at Matapat Hall,
Headquarters PRO8, Camp Kangleon, Palo, Leyte.
The RJPSCC meeting was orchestrated by the JPSCC (National Level)
chaired by BGen Roberto T Almadin AFP and was participated by Senior
Officers from General Headquarters Armed Forces of the Philippines;
Senior Field Commanders from 8th Infantry Division headed by MGen
Gerardo T Layug AFP, Commander, 8ID and Senior Police Officers from
DIPO-Visayas and Police Regional Office 8 headed by PCSupt Elmer R
Soria, CEO VI, Regional Director, PRO 8.
Significant topics were discussed during the meeting which included
the presentation of best practices of the AFP-PNP JPSCC Cooperation in
Region 8 and the filing of cases against insurgents/New People’s Army
(NPA) and other threat groups in Region 8, particularly, the cases
which do not prosper in the courts.
In his message, MGen Gerardo T Layug said “the recent joint operations
between the PNP and 8ID in Eastern Visayas gain headway” and “noted
that from January 2012 to present, not a single Human Rights case has
been filed against the PNP and the 8ID in the region which only proves
that the military and police in joint operations strictly follow,
observe and adhere to the provisions of Human Rights, International
Humanitarian Law, Rule of Law and the rules of engagement.”
“We also recognize the strong support and collaboration of the Local
Chief Executives in all ‘Bayanihan’ activities conducted by 8ID and
PRO8 in the region which have contributed to the over-all success of
the police and military operations” added Layug.
According to the statement by PCSupt Ricardo Cornejo Marquez, JPSCC
Co-chair, “the AFP and PNP will remain strong partners in Internal
Peace and Security Operations and Anti-Criminality Operations, in
which the AFP will be the lead agency in the conduct of IPSO while the
PNP will be the primary agency in all Anti-criminality Operations”.
“The joint operations between the AFP and the PNP will further be
replicated down to the provincial and the municipal/city level so as
to maximize the impact on the community” added Marquez.
Aside from the police and military operations, the AFP-PNP will also
perform joint community relations activities in collaboration with
Local Government Units in order to deliver basic services to the
communities and will also conduct Information Awareness Programs to
the primary sectors of the community to present the current peace and
development programs of the AFP and the PNP in the region.