MANILA — The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) on Monday hailed the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for being a champion of maintaining internal peace and security.
The accolade was given to the military during the AFP-OPAPP Peace Symposium held at the AFP Commissioned Officers Club in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.
“We commend the AFP not only for keeping our country safe from both internal and external threats but also for helping the government create an environment for genuine peace. Over the years the AFP has been putting the primacy of the peace process in its core values–you are our champion of the peace process,” OPAPP Secretary Carlito Galvez, Jr. said.
The AFP, in partnership with the OPAPP, conducted the onsite-online peace symposium attended by Galvez via virtual teleconferencing.
“We thank the AFP for its hard work in the successful ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law, the maintenance of peace and cooperation with the MILF (Moro Islamic Liberation Front) and MNLF (Moro National Liberation Front), the successful conclusion of the RPA-ABB (Revolutionary Proletarian Army-Alex Boncayao Brigade) Kapatiran Peace Tables and its support to the NTF ELCAC (National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict). It is truly inspiring for the AFP to become the number one organization in public service,” Galvez said.
The symposium is part of the AFP’s efforts in observance of the 16th National Peace Consciousness Month. It aims to ensure that the AFP Planning Staff, especially field units are provided with updates and assessments of the government’s peace programs and initiatives.
AFP vice chief-of-staff Vice Admiral Gaudencio C. Collado Jr. presided over the activity that was anchored on the theme “Maaasahang Sandatahang Lakas Para sa Ligtas at Mapayapang Pamayanan”.
“The AFP-OPAPP Peace Symposium 2020 exemplifies the urgent need for dynamic and responsive armed forces, one that possesses not only the skills and expertise for armed dispute but more importantly, armed forces that is capable of generating transformative perspectives in approaching our longstanding goal of bringing peace to our fellow citizens,” he said. (PNA)