CASTILLA, Sorsogon – The visit of General Eduardo Oban Jr., the top brass of the Armed Forces of the Philippines last Tuesday (September 20) in Barangay Pandan, Castilla, Sorsogon, promise a new light for the foot soldiers of the country.
The General in his remarks offered assurance to the men and women of the armed forces that in his tour of duty, they are rectifying the ills of the institution that hugs the headlines of the national press.
His initiative may be hard for the next chief of staff to ignore for the new found respect of the soldiers are seen and felt by them in Barangay Pandan and the adjoining areas which was once heavily infested by the leftist insurgents.
Oban, the 42nd Chief of Staff, shared the desire for change in the hierarchy of the military establishment, he being one of the negotiators in the failed Oakwood Mutiny in 2008 and adapted the recommendations of the Feliciano Commission tasked to study and recommend measures to negate another military upheavel after the crisis.
The tack of General Oban is to co-opt the civilian population in winning the war against insurgency by offering alternative way to counter poverty in real terms which he said is one of the main cause of insurgency in the countryside.
His visit co-incided with the turn-over ceremony of a two door classroom building spearheaded by the National Development Service Command of the AFP in partnership with ngo’s and the local government unit of Castilla.
In the event, the Chief of Staff put a simple message to the men and women of the armed services that it is high time that we must be responsible for our actions to better the plight of the people in the country side as the people in the community will be our partners in their desire to better their lives, thus instituting meaningful reforms not only within but focusing as well the “freedon of want” that is lacking in the hinterlands of the country that can be amplified by meaningful social concerns of the armed forces.
He was accompanied by Maj. Gen. Carlos Holganza, NADESCOM Commander, Lt. Gen. Roland Detabali, SOLCOM Commander, and Col. Felix Castro of the 903rd Brigade during his visit. (Felix ‘Boy’ Espenida, Jr./BicolToday.com)
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