CAMP GONZALO SIONGCO, Awang, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao (DWDD) – National Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana graced the one-day Mindanao Security Summit held at Cotabato City State Polytechnic College (CCSPC) Gymnasium in Cotabato City on May 24, 2018.
The summit was attended by the academe and students that carried the theme, “Grasping the Role of Academe in War Against Illegal Drugs, Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism in the Pursuit of Peace and Development in Southern Philippines”.
The whole day activity was organized by 6th Infantry Division and CCSPC that aimed to explore the importance of education to prevent violent extremism as it gives awareness and creates a culture of peace and non-violence for sustainable development.
Also gracing the event were Western Mindanao Command and 6th Infantry Division Commander Lt. Gen Arnel B. Dela Vega, Police Regional Office of Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Director PCSupt Graciano J. Mijares, Sultan Kudarat Governor Sultan Pax S. Mangudadatu, and Cotabato City Mayor Frances Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi.
“Let us mark this summit as a beginning of partnership that we should all sustain until we see a better and peaceful community and a progressive country where all people leave comfortably,” Lt. Gen. Dela Vega said.
In his remarks, Secretary Lorenzana stressed the importance of education as a tool to prevent violent extremism and provides protection, stability, essential knowledge and life skills to building common core values for children and youth.
“Rest assured that my department is supportive to the academe’s efforts to prevent violent extremism and de-radicalizing young people,” Secretary Lorenzana said.
The summit ended with the signing of the participants of their commitment of support. 6DPAO / MCAG