Collaboration with stakeholders in private sector strengthened through forum

CLAVERIA, Misamis Oriental – In collaboration with the Misamis Oriental Police Provincial Office (MisOr-PPO), the 58th Dimalulupig Infantry Battalion facilitated the Security Management Forum at Headquarters 58IB, Sitio Migbanday, Poblacion, Claveria, Misamis Oriental, August 28, 2021.

Lt. Col Ricky L Canatoy, Commanding Officer of 58IB, spearheaded the forum together with Police Lt. Col. Adolfo C Mercado, Chief PIU of MisOr PPO, and Maj. Hermilando T. Corvera Jr, Executive Officer of 58IB. Various security managers/officers from the corporate sector in Eastern Misamis Oriental attended the forum, which focused on Critical Investment, Infrastructure, and Protection Security Operations (CIIPSO).

Among the participating security officers and representatives are from different companies in Eastern MisOr such as Del Monte Philippines Incorporated, Philippine Sinter Corporation, Gardenia Bakeries Philippines Incorporated, Coca Cola Beverages Philippines Misamis Oriental Plant, San Miguel Corporation SL Harbor, San Miguel Brewery, Axelum Incorporated, Wilmar Edible Oil Philippines Incorporated, Minergy Power Corporation, STEAG State Power Inc., Jejors Construction Corporation, Ulticon Builders Inc., Cagalawan Enterprises, Equi-Parco Construction Company, Venray Construction Corporation, and Mindanao Vallum Security Services Corporation.

During the forum, 58IB discussed the current threat situation thereby affecting the critical installations and projects all around Eastern Misamis Oriental. Following that, questions and concerns were addressed by the panelists, and an exchange of ideas transpired to intensify the campaign against NPA’s extortion activities and atrocities against heavy equipment and machineries by these huge firms, as the NPA continues to pester and threaten them. After the forum, the participants agreed to creating an organization called SOFEMO Security Organization for Eastern Misamis Oriental. An induction of officers followed upon its creation. The 58IB and PPO-MISOR commanders serve as the advisers of SOFEMO.

Lt. Col. Ricky L. Canatoy, Commanding Officer of 58IB expressed gratitude to the members of the Security Organization for their support and cooperation. “With your participation and, above all, your cooperation, you have made this activity possible. Furthermore, you agreed and decided to form this SOFEMO group, which will tremendously benefit us all because it will intensify our efforts to secure and protect vital installations for future development. This isn’t just for our benefit. It goes above and beyond. We are here to work together for the greater good, which is why you are here in the first place. This entire discussion, as well as the formation of your security organization, is just the start. We were able to freely discuss your issues and concerns, and we did our best to address them. You can rest confident that the Army is doing all possible to prevent the NPA’s atrocities and other violent activities. What we ask from you is your fervent cooperation in not succumbing to their extortion tactics or engaging in negotiations with them. I’m looking forward to working with you to build a stronger, more fruitful partnership.”

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