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8ID Internal Peace and Security Operations (IPSO) Assessment
8ID chief MajGen Jet Velarmino presiding over the 1st Semester Internal Peace and Security Operation Assessment participants at the 8ID Headquarters conference room on June 22, 2015.

8ID Conducts 1st Semester Internal Peace and Security Operations (IPSO) Assessment

By DPAO, 8ID PA
June 22, 2015

CAMP VICENTE LUKBAN, Catbalogan City Ė The 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division conducted the 1st Semester IPSO Assessment for calendar year 2015 at Headquarters 8ID, Barangay Maulong, Catbalogan City, Samar on June 22, 2015.

The highlight of the 1st Semester IPSO assessment were the presentations made by Brigadier General Herminigildo C. Aquino, 803rd Brigade Commander; Col. Leoncio A. Cirunay Jr., 801st Brigade Commander; Col. Dinoh A. Dolina, 802nd Brigade Commander of their unitsí accomplishments in line with 8IDís four line of efforts in areas of Focused Military Operation, Stakeholder Engagement, Bayanihan Team Activity, and Legal Operation.

In addition, the Police Regional Office 8 presented to the command the current status of the Criminal Investigation Course (CIC) being undertaken by PNP and Army personnel. The CIC is the latest collaboration between the PNP and the Army in Eastern Visayas to enhance inter-operability in conducting joint operations. Earlier, joint Police and Army Sniper Training and Radio Operation Seminar were undertaken to strengthen the bond between the personnel of the Army and PNP.

The IPSO Assessment was attended by Maj. Gen. Jet B. Velarmino, Commander 8ID; Col. Demy T. Tejares, Assistant Division Commander; Col. Leoncio A. Cirunay Jr., 801st Brigade Commander; Col. Dinoh A. Dolina, 802nd Brigade Commander; Brigadier General Herminigildo C. Aquino, 803rd Brigade Commander; PSSupt Isaias Tonog, Chief of Regional Investigation Management Division; PSSupt Brigido B. Unay, Chief of Regional Intelligence Division, PRO8; PSSupt Elizar Egloso, Chief of Police Regional Community Relations Division; and the 8ID Division Staff and Battalion Commanders.

Commenting on the Commandís operational successes as well as lapses, Velarmino said that we must review the time tested combat special operating procedures (SOPs) and the tactics techniques and procedures (TTPs) down to the squad level, so that when employed, soldiers will always be on advantage over adversaries. He also stressed the importance of the conduct of combat rehearsals and drills to ensure success of combat operations.

In addition, he reiterated the importance of sustaining the operational tempo and aggressiveness in meeting the set target goals and timelines in declaring the remaining provinces in our AOR as Insurgency-Free areas.

Further, he said that whatever challenges ahead, the Command must continue to march towards winning the peace until all the stakeholders have joined our cause to achieve peace, progress and prosperity in the region.