CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City – Key national security stakeholders and officials of the Defense Department held the First Quarter 2017 Command Conference 06 January 2017 at the Tejeros Hall of the AFP Commissioned Officers Club here.
Marine Colonel Edgard A Arevalo, AFP Public Affairs Office Chief disclosed that top military field commanders, major service commanders, Wide Support and Separate Unit commanders, and key staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines were in attendance at the high-level meeting presided by the Department of National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.
“The military top brass, and Panel Chairperson of Government Implementing Panel for Bangsamoro, and Peace accords were invited to attend the caucus,” Col Arevalo said.
“It was in that venue that the new AFP campaign plan officially named Development Support and Security Plan Kapayapaan — the one that replaces IPSP Bayanihan that expired on 31 December 2016— was presented to the conferees. The document will serve as the ’blueprint’ as to how the AFP shall conduct its campaigns.
“The highlight of the conference was the issuance of the Command Guidance by the newly promoted four-star General and AFP Chief of Staff Eduardo Año.
‘He was clear, concise, and direct in his pronouncement that the top priority of the AFP under his leadership shall be the destruction of the terrorist groups of the ASG, Maute Group, BIFF, and other foreign and local terrorist groups,” reports Col Arevalo.
To achieve this, General Año declares, “Apart from the conduct of focused combat operations employing the wherewithals of the AFP, I desire that we enhance stakeholder engagement to ensure robust participation of the religious sector and local government.
“From our end, I want everyone here to exercise the highest degree of Commandership. After all, the most important element of combat power is Leadership. Do and give your best and together we will create a winning team and get the job done.
“We will give priority to frontline units in the assignment of the best Officers, Enlisted Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors, and Marines — our most important resource. And as such, we must take care of them. While we endeavor to give them the fighting edge, it is as essential that we increase their survivability rate.”
“We will, as we must, look at the welfare of our men —and loved ones—especially those who were combat casualties. Expedite the processing of the benefits due them; streamline the process and rationalize the requirements for promotion, schooling, and awards as well were disposition of cases.
“Under my watch, the AFP will be fully committed to the primacy of the peace process guided by the President’s Roadmap to Peace. We will support fully the government’s war on drugs and shall extend full support to the Philippine National Police and other law enforcement agencies both in terms of personnel and intelligence.
“Finally, I say there is no letter ‘I’ in the word ‘TEAM’. We shall all aspire for the collective accomplishment above individual fulfillment. Again, I urge the men and women of the AFP to work with me as we continue our journey together with our actions embed with the AFP Core Values of Honor, Service, and Patriotism,” General Año concluded.