Camp Navarro, Calarian, Zamboanga City – October 14, 2021
A Joint Peace and Security Team (JPST) was activated and deployed in the municipality of Tungawan, Zamboanga Sibugay Province on October 12, 2021. The team is composed of 30 members, of whom seven are Army troops, eight are police personnel, and 15 are members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
The ceremony was held at the Covered Court within the Barangay Hall Compound, Barangay Datu Tumanggong, Tungawan. It was graced by the presence of Minister Von Al Haq, Deputy Minister of Ministry of Transportation and Communications of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao; Police Brigadier General Eden Ugale, Regional Director of Police Regional Office-BAR; Minister Eduard Uy Guerra of the Ministry of Public Works, BARMM; Commander Suaib Edris of the 113BC, WMF; APC Western Mindanao Acting Executive Officer, Police Colonel Lyndon Mencio who represented his Commander, Police Lieutenant General Jose Chiquito Malayo; Colonel Antonio John Divinagracia, Deputy Brigade Commander of the 102nd Infantry Brigade; Police Brigadier General Ritchie Medardo Posadas, Chief, Peace Process and Development Center; Brigadier General Antonio Nafarrete, WestMinCom’s Deputy Commander for Administration and Chairman of GPH-CCCH; Colonel Marvin Licudine, Chief, AFPPDO; Mr. Ariel Hernandez, Special Assistant of OPPARU; Congressman Wilter Palma II, Representative of the 1st District of Zamboanga Sibugay Province; and Mayor Carlnan Climaco of Tungawan.
In his message, Colonel Divinagracia stressed that the activation and deployment of the JPST is a result of the continuing multi-stakeholder peace-building efforts. “This is a great stride towards the attainment of our coveted peace not only in the Bangsamoro but the entire Mindanao region,” Colonel Divinagracia further stated.
“This is also the time that the government is in dire need of cooperation, coordination, and collaboration of communities for the achievement of this goal. Rest assured that the men and women of the 102nd Infantry Brigade will always be your partner towards peace and progress in the region,” the Deputy Brigade Commander added.
Highlight of the activity was the donning of blue berets and brassards to the members of the JPST-Tungawan.
Alongside the road map toward the establishment of the Bangsamoro government, a normalization process is being implemented by both the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). Under the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) signed between the government and MILF in 2014, JPSTs have been tasked to support the maintenance of peace and order and stability in areas that will undergo the decommissioning process. The decommissioning process is under the normalization track of the CAB, which aims to help MILF combatants make the transition to peaceful civilian life, while their communities will be transformed into peaceful, progressive, and resilient communities.