CAMP BGEN OSCAR M FLORENDO – In partnership with the Civil Relations Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines under COL JAEVY D.S RESURRECCION Philippine Army and the Regional Public Safety Battalion 1 conducted a two day Community Engagement and Information Support Affairs training as part of the capacity building program of Police Regional Office 1.
Fifty police officers from the RPSB1 and the Provincial Public Safety Companies of Region 1 who participated were all oriented on the endgame required to finally resolve the communist banditry in the country.
Likewise, they were also given instructions and skills-training on engaging stakeholders and undertaking counter-propaganda operations against the communist terrorists’ enslaving control and deception with emphasis on competence, performance through service delivery and tactical skills, partnering or people skills and personal effectiveness or accountability.
According to PCSupt. Roman A. Felix, PRO1 Regional Director who initiated the seminar, cross-training is the innovation of this activity since both the AFP and PNP officers shared their best practices and lessons learned in the field with the objective of learning from past mistakes and embarking on more creative and resourceful means of rescuing the people from the deception of the enemy.
In his message, the Regional Director challenged the PNP participants that countering terrorism is not just the job of the AFP. He reiterated that whether lead or support, the police has a critical role in the fight against insurgents who have accumulated a long list of criminal offenses such as murder, extortion, arson and violence against women and children, among others.
PCSupt. Felix further emphasized that the loss of life and limbs are not necessary and the way to win against insurgency is by winning the hearts and minds of the people and that is through effective community engagement of competent and disciplined policeman, one day at a time.
“The way to win over insurgency is through competent law enforcement and this is the best communication message to convince the people that the PNP is here to provide protection against terrorist organizations.” he added.###