Winning fight vs insurgency through community outreach

Winning fight vs insurgency through community outreach

By Anthony S. Allada

LUPON, DAVAO ORIENTAL – To win the fight against insurgency, we should wage community outreach programs rather than armed confrontation.

This is according to Lt. Col. Leopoldo Imbang, the battalion commander of the 28th Infantry Battalion (IB), adding such approach is gradually gaining grounds in his area and that the civilians are cooperating well with them because of the established healthy camaraderie among them.

Imbang said they have regular meetings and dialogues with different tribal communities in their area that included, Mati City and towns of Lupon, Tarragona, San Isidro, and Banay-banay.

“I believe that we can pursue a long-lasting and permanent peace and development through more community outreach programs. To inform the people what we are doing,” he said in an interview.

Imbang said that soldiers can bridge the gap between the people and the government by asking the people in the hinterlands their immediate needs and after learning them they will bring the matter to the government for appropriate action.

He said what they are promoting is the “bayanihan” system where there is “one job with the help of everybody.”

Imbang said as of now there are still sightings of the communist rebels in his area of jurisdiction but they are not actively operating because of the soldiers presence conducting foot patrol and monitoring activities.

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One response to this post.

  1. a nice approach to wage war vs insurgency

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