A Joint Peace and Security Team (JPST) was activated and deployed Tuesday in Tungawan, Zamboanga Sibugay Province. The team consists of 30 individuals, including seven Army troops, eight police officers, and 15 Moro Islamic Liberation Front members (MILF).
The ceremony was held at the Covered Court within the Barangay Hall Compound, Barangay Datu Tumanggong, Tungawan.
In his message, Col. Antonio John Divinagracia, Deputy Brigade Commander of the 102nd Infantry Brigade, stressed that the activation and deployment of the JPST is a result of the continuing multi-stakeholder peacebuilding efforts.
“This is a great stride towards the attainment of our coveted peace not only in the Bangsamoro but the entire Mindanao region,” Col. Divinagracia further stated.
“This is also the time that the government is in dire need of the cooperation, coordination, and collaboration of the communities for the achievement of this goal. Rest assured that the men and women of the 102nd Infantry Brigade will always be your partner towards peace and progress in the region,” the Deputy Brigade Commander added.
Highlight of the activity was the donning of blue berets and brassards to the members of the JPST-Tungawan.
Alongside the road map toward the establishment of the Bangsamoro government, a normalization process is being implemented by both the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
Under the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) signed between the government and MILF in 2014, JPSTs have been tasked to support the maintenance of peace and order and stability in areas that will undergo the decommissioning process.
The decommissioning process is under the normalization track of the CAB, which aims to help MILF combatants make the transition to peaceful civilian life, while their communities will be transformed into peaceful, progressive, and resilient communities.