CLAVERIA, Misamis Oriental (PIA)–In line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s call for a whole of nation approach in ending local communist armed conflict, the 58th Infantry “Dimalulupid” Battalion (58IB) alongside the Misamis Oriental Police Provincial Officer (MisOr-PPO) facilitated its Security Management Forum at the 58IB Headquarters in Poblacion, Claveria.
Spearheaded by 58th IB Commanding Officer Lt. Col Ricky L. Canatoy together with MisOr PPO Chief PIU Police Lt. Col. Adolfo C Mercado and 58th IB Executive Officer Maj. Hermilando T. Corvera Jr, the group met with various security managers and officers from Eastern Misamis Oriental corporations to discuss critical investment, Infrastructure, and Protection Security Operations (CIIPSO).
Among the participating security officers and representatives were from national and international companies such as the Del Monte Philippines Incorporated, Coca Cola Beverages Philippines Misamis Oriental Plant, San Miguel Corporation SL Harbor, San Miguel Brewery, STEAG State Power Inc, among others which comprises the bulk of the province’s economic activity.
During the forum, 58IB discussed the current threat situation thereby affecting the critical installations and projects all around Eastern Misamis Oriental, followed by questions and concerns that were answered by the panelists, and an exchange of ideas transpired to intensify the campaign against NPA’s extortion activities and atrocities against heavy equipment and machinery by these huge firms.
“This isn’t just for our benefit, it goes above and beyond. We are here to work together for the greater good, which is why you are here in the first place. This entire discussion, as well as the formation of your security organization, is just the start.,” Canatoy said, expressing his gratitude to the members of the Security Organization for their support and cooperation.
The participants agreed to create an organization called Security Organization for Eastern Misamis Oriental or SOFEMO, with induction of officers followed upon its creation while the 58IB and PPO-MISOR commanders serve as advisers.
“The Army is doing all possible to prevent the NPA’s atrocities and other violent activities. What we ask from you is your fervent cooperation in not succumbing to their extortion tactics or engaging in negotiations with them. I’m looking forward to working with you to build a stronger, more fruitful partnership,” Canatoy said. (58th IB/PIA-10/Misamis Oriental)