OPAPP, 4ID culminates 3-Day Basic Course on Conflict-Sensitive and Peace-Promoting Approaches

CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City– The 4th Infantry (Diamond) Division, in partnership with the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP), has concluded a 3-Day Basic Course on Conflict-Sensitive and Peace-Promoting (CSPP) Approaches at 4ID Gymnasium, Camp Evangelista, Patag, Cagayan de Oro City on November 26, 2021.

The 3-day basic course opened last November 24, and was formally culminated by Col Michele B Anayron Jr, the Assistant Division Commander for Reservist and Retirees Affairs (ADC for RRA), and Director Vanessa Vianca Pallarco, Director IV, Social Healing and Peace-Building Department of OPAPP, in a closing ceremony held at the 4ID Gymnasium on November 26.

The activity was attended by the Civil-Military Operations Officers, Community Support Program (CSP) Officers and Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs) of the Battalions and Brigades under 4ID.

Col Anayron Jr, who represented the 4ID Commander, said that the course aimed to ensure that all personnel are equipped with the foundation of significant skills and knowledge to effectively perform daily operations. He further added that it will also provide them with a deeper understanding of the core causes of violence and conflict that is necessary for developing and maintaining peace.

“The 3-day basic course will help the participants identify the interventions and approaches for peacekeeping and non-conflict operations, as well as the current military training programs for the application of conflict-sensitivity,” Col Anayron Jr added.

Meanwhile, Major General Romeo S Brawner Jr, the Commander of the 4th Infantry (Diamond) Division, in a pre-recorded message, congratulated the participants. He also sincerely thanked OPAPP for the active collaboration and said he was looking forward to another partnership in the near future.

MGen Brawner Jr stated that the AFP is the major government organization tasked in maintaining peace and promote development and believed that the training is timely and relevant to capacitate the skills, learning, and approaches for peacekeeping of the soldiers in the 4ID area of responsibility.

“With the successive debacles of the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) aggravated by the surrender of the former rebels (FRs), there is a need to strengthen our partnership with the vulnerable, marginalized, Indigenous Groups, LGUs and other institutions to maintain the peace and order, and to morally eradicate the CTG,” MGen Brawner Jr said.

MGen Brawner Jr urged the participants to continue supporting the major programs of the government that are conflict-sensitive and promote lasting peace and order. He is confident that the training deepened the understanding of the participants, particularly in the basic concepts of CSPP, and that they will be able to practice the acquired tools and skills in their respective units.

“We have been through so many campaigns and have overcome moral and encompassing challenges that tested our integrity and capability, and yet we’ve emerged stronger than ever. The year 2021 is no exception. Let us not lose sight of our mission and remain committed and dedicated to our mandated service. I encourage all personnel of 4ID to continue our invaluable work as defenders and guardians of democracy with the utmost loyalty and dedication. Let us sustain the culture of excellence that has become our trademark as we close another historic year of success,” MGen Brawner Jr said.

The CSPP training was conceptualized through the collaboration of the 4ID, AFPPDO, and OPAPP for peace and development to be implemented by the 4th Infantry Diamond Troopers in the field units, which it will enhance different government peace-building interventions such as the Localized Peace Agreement (LPE), Community Support Program and Retooled Community Support Program (RCSP).

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