FORT MAGSAYSAY, NUEVA ECIJA – The Joint Task Force of the Armed Force of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) signed into existence Joint Campaign Plan “Kapanatagan Cordillera” 2019-2022 yesterday, in La Trinidad Benguet.
The campaign plan was signed during the RJPSCC Meeting held at the Police Regional Office Cordillera (PROCOR) Log Cabin in Camp Major Bado Dangwa, La Trinidad, Benguet.
Joint Campaign Plan “Kapanatagan Cordillera” is a broad plan that shall serve as a guide to the AFP and PNP in the performance of their tasks of promoting peace, ensuring security and supporting development initiatives.
Participants during the event were Lieutenant General Emmanuel B. Salamat AFP, Commander of the Northern Luzon Command; Major General Lenard T. Agustin AFP, Commander of the 7th Infantry Division, Philippine Army; Major General Pablo M. Lorenzo, Commander of the 5th Infantry Division, Phil. Army; and Police Brigadier General Israel Ephraim T. Dickson, Regional Director of PROCOR.
A short briefing and narration on the concept of the said campaign plan was presented before the actual signing of the plan that will be implemented for three years.
MGen. Agustin of the Kaugnay Task Force is positive that the campaign plan will be successful as it is geared towards inclusive growth and is anchored on several national strategic guidance such as the National Security Policy (NSP), the Philippine Development Plan, and the National Peace and Development Agenda, to name a few. He also mentioned that 7ID, as well as other AFP units, supports the PNP in all of their efforts.
He said, "As could be gleaned from the result of the past midterm national and local elections in CAR, it registered many firsts as declared by Regional Election Division- Cordillera Administrative Region (RED-CAR) which was a result of strong partnership and collaboration between the AFP and PNP. Now that we have shifted back to combat mode, all the more that we must work closely with each other in order to finally end the local communist armed conflict as desired by the President based on Executive Order Nr 70."
“This joint systematic approach of the government security agencies to ensure the socio-economic development of the people of the Cordillera Region through Campaign Plan “Kapanatagan Cordillera” shows the dedication of our security forces in putting an end to terrorism and insurgency in the area. So, the Army will put its best efforts to show that for us, this is not just a task but a heartfelt service for our people.” MGen Agustin added.