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AFP, Ateneo ink partnership in Oplan Bayanihan project

MANILA, Nov. 30 – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said Wednesday it has partnered with Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) in a project that aims to support and monitor the military’s Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP)-Bayanihan.

AFP chief of staff General Eduardo Oban and Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process Secretary Ting Deles led the launching ceremonies at Richmonde Hotel in Ortigas Center, Pasig City.

“We welcome this Bantay Bayanihan since it gives the opportunity to work even better and together in order to preserve the gain and sustain the momentum that we’ve had,” Oban said.

The AFP chief of staff said Bantay Bayanihan is spearheaded by ADMU-Working Group on Security Sector Reform (SSR) and in partnership with the Philippine Coalition on International Criminal Court, InciteGov, Philippine Council on Islam and Democracy.

Dr. Jennifer “Apple” Santiago-Oreta of the ADMU Department of Political Science-SSR said the project aims to create a dialogue space where civil society groups, members of the academe and civilian government units and the Armed Forces of the Philippines can discuss the implementation of the IPSP-Bayanihan.

Main focus is to provide an avenue wherein internal peace and security, human rights and international humanitarian laws and other related concerns related to the IPSP-Bayanihan may be discussed, Oreta said.

The project also aims to conduct periodic evaluations and/or validate evaluation and provide recommendations to the military’s chief of staff and commanding generals on the implementation of the IPSP-Bayanihan, she said. (PNA) RMA/JCA

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