Camp Navarro, Calarian, Zamboanga City – October 27, 2022

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The Western Mindanao Command is beefing up its campaign against radicalism by strengthening its partnership with other sectors of society.

On October 27, 2022, WestMinCom Acting Commander, Brig. Gen. Arturo Rojas met with Universidad de Zamboanga (UZ) President Abram Eustaquio to share ideas on how to solidify the security and stability in Western Mindanao. The meeting was held at the Commander's Office at Camp Navarro, Calarian, this city.

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The collaboration between the two institutions stemmed from the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ invitation for the different sectors to take part in the shaping of peace and security. UZ is one of the participative stakeholders of the command. Its president is an active Philippine Navy reservist.

During the meeting, Brig. Gen. Rojas said, “We are planning to tap with the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS) because it focuses on addressing regional and global security issues through its comprehensive program of executive reeducation and workshops facilitated by military and civilian representatives from the United States and Asia-Pacific.”

Mr. Eustaquio said inviting professors and subject matter experts from the National Development College of the Philippines is also ideal during educational activities/forums. “Their expertise is beneficial to this endeavor.”

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The Western Mindanao Command is employing the whole-of-nation approach in addressing radicalism. Its leadership believes that everyone is an indispensable and vital actor in defeating the enemies of the state and winning the peace.

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