Camp Navarro, Calarian, Zamboanga City – November 24, 2022

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Officers and enlisted personnel from the different units under the command and control of the Western Mindanao Command participated in the National Peace Summit on November 23, 2022. The Zamboanga Basilan Integrated Development Alliance (ZABIDA), led by Dr. Grace Rebollos, spearheaded the conduct of the activity at Palacio del Sur, Governor Camins Avenue, this city.

More than a hundred representatives from various sectors, including the academe, youth, elders, religious, business, women, and security, gathered to discuss peace and security issues in the Zamboanga Peninsula and Bangsamoro Autonomous Region.

Secretary Carlito Galvez, Jr., Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation, and Unity was the keynote speaker during the summit. He focused on the Breakthroughs in the Peace Process, Challenges, and Interventions.

Dr. Alzad Sattar, the Vice President for Internal Affairs of the Basilan Ulama Supreme Council delivered a solidarity message focusing on The Struggle for Peace in the BARMM: Implications for Peace in Mindanao and the Country. Mr. Miguel Angel Lopez, COVENIO General Coordinator Expatriate – Philippines and MME. Irene Santiago, Chair Emerita and Chief Executive Officer of the Mindanao Commission on Women, Inc. also delivered their respective solidarity message.

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The summit was also graced by the presence of Zamboanga City Mayor John Dalipe; Lt. Col. Abdurasad Sirajan, WestMinCom’s Chief of the Command Public Information Office; and Maj. Abdurahman Jainuddin Deputy Officer of the Assistant Chief of Unified Command Staff for Civil-Military Operations.

During the open forum, the participants exchanged their views and opinions regarding the past and present problems that hampered the peace and order in the area and the possible ways to deal with the challenges to attain elusive peace and progress in the region.

For his part, Brig. Gen. Arturo Rojas, Acting Commander of the Western Mindanao Command said, “The summit served as a venue to strengthen the multi-sector alliance and integrated efforts to attain lasting peace in every community. We are grateful for non-government organizations like ZABIDA for initiating this type of activity.”

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