Government forces combine efforts in securing businesses in Misamis Oriental

In collaboration with the Misamis Oriental Police Provincial Office (MisOr-PPO), the 58th Dimalulupig Infantry Battalion facilitated the Joint Peace Security Coordinating Council (JPSCC) meeting and Critical Infrastructure and Protection Security Operations (CIPSO) workshop at Headquarters 58IB, Sitio Migbanday, Poblacion, Claveria, Misamis Oriental, February 11, 2021.

Brigadier General Maurito L Licudine, Commander of 402nd Brigade, spearheaded the meeting together with Police Col. Raniel M. Valones, the Provincial Police Director of Misamis Oriental. The CIPSO workshop was then held after the meeting, focusing primarily on creating a comprehensive joint operational plan in securing critical infrastructures in the region.

The composition of the workshop teams are the company commanders under the 58IB, officers from the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), and Chief of Police (COPs) from the different municipalities of Eastern Misamis Oriental and Malitbog, Bukidnon.

The participants discussed ways of delineating security efforts to protect infrastructures and deter CTG arson activities, including how to refuse or prevent the Communist Terrorist Groups (CNTs) from extorting from large and small businesses in the region; as the key source of resource generation of the latter.

Moreover, the participants also exchanged ideas on involving business owners in crafting joint security operation plans, determining security gaps, creating a patrol and visitation plan, and establishing an effective reporting system through an efficient medium of communication.

Police Col. Valones gave his guidance to the participants before the workshop and said, “We have that enormous task to maintain peace and order. E.O No. 70’s thrust is to have a peaceful country free from violence. Our goal is crucial for us to realize that we are unable to stand alone. Even the brightest and greatest need and seek assistance. We are here to encourage you to coordinate with each other, to work together as this nation’s leaders. Continue your zeal and enthusiasm so we can achieve the enduring peace we all long for.”

Meanwhile, BGen Licudine was also happy that the military, police, fire, and coastguard officers had joined together in this vital activity. “I’d like to congratulate everyone for the enthusiasm and support in delineating our peace and security operations here in Misamis Oriental. We are tasked to finished the problem of insurgency by the end of this year. And it is a shared concern and responsibility of all security forces and every member of society. Together, we are stronger. With our joint efforts, let us synchronize our distinct capabilities, in implementing this security plan, especially in engaging the business owners to cooperate with us. Make this a serious and deliberate effort. Initiate good planning with community support; that is the formula for success. Preventing this unnecessary havoc is already a success for us.”

Also, Lt. Col. Ricky L Canatoy, Commanding Officer of 58IB, said in closing, “To all the staff of Misamis Oriental PPO and 58IB, and our friends from the BFP and PCG, thank you for making this activity possible with your participation and cooperation. Job well done! This effort is way beyond us. This workshop is for our kababayan and the safety of our community. We are working together for the common good, and that is why we are here in the first place. This effort encompasses the insurgency problems and includes those criminal groups who intend to disobey the law and instill conflict in the community. This whole day workshop is only just the beginning. The real work here is to implement that plan eventually. It won’t be easy, but together, we will accomplish more.” Lt. Col. Canatoy ended.

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