Top security officers and local government officials signed on Friday morning (May 21, 2021) a memorandum to intensify the implementation of the small arms and light weapons (SALW) program in Basilan.
Joint Task Force Basilan Commander Brigadier General Domingo Gobway together with Basilan Governor Jim Hataman-Salliman, Basilan Provincial Police Office Director Police Colonel Rodrigo Maramo, and 4th Special Forces Battalion Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Alex Ampati spearheaded the signing of Memorandum of Understanding on SALW Program held at the Basketball Court of Barangay Buton, Hadji Mohammad Ajul, Basilan Province.
According to Governor Hataman, the SALW program was initiated by the provincial government of Basilan in partnership with the Joint Normalization Committee (JNC) led by Mr. Ariel Hernandez. The said program was initiated for the reduction and management of small arms and light weapons of individuals and groups creating havoc in the communities.
In his message, Brigadier General Gobway said, “Joint Task Force Basilan will continue to support our partners and stakeholders in all their endeavors for the attainment of our common goal that is to sustain peace in all the municipalities of Basilan”. The elected municipal and barangay officials of Hadji Mohammad Ajul (HMA) led by Mayor Ibrahim Hadji Ballaho took part in the momentous event. Meanwhile, Captain Sherwin Latiera, Commanding Officer of 15th Special Forces Company, presented the twenty-three assorted loose firearms to Brigadier General Gobway and Governor Hataman during the event.
The said firearms were voluntarily surrendered by civilians from the different barangays of the Hadji Mohammad Ajul. Lieutenant General Corleto Vinluan, Jr., Commander of the Western Mindanao Command, extended his full support to the SALW program. “Let us continue to work together to win lasting peace and progress in our respective community”.