Military officials, politicians and representatives from nongovernment organizations in Region 7 attended the launching of “Bantay Bayanihan", a program aimed at realizing an end to armed conflict, held in Dumaguete City on Thursday, a government press release said.
The program, the first to be launched regionwide, will realize the objective of the Internal Peace and Security Plan, which is to end all armed-conflict by 2016, Col. Francisco Patrimonio, commander of the Philippine Army 302nd Brigade, said.
Bantay Bayanihan is a civil-society-led effort to provide a venue for security stakeholders in the government to participate in the discussion to successfully implement the IPSP of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the press release said.
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