By JULMUNIR I. JANNARAL
LAMITAN CITY, Basilan
Top security officers and local government officials signed last week a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to intensify the implementation of the small arms and light weapons (SALW) program in Basilan Province.
Joint Task Force Basilan Commander Brig. Gen. Domingo Gobway together with Basilan Governor Jim Hataman-Salliman, Basilan Provincial Police Office Director Police Col. Rodrigo Maramo, and 4th Special Forces Battalion Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Alex Ampati spearheaded the signing of Memorandum of Understanding on SALW Program held at Barangay Buton, Hadji Mohammad Ajul municipality in Basilan Province.
According to Gov. Hataman, the SALW program was initiated by the provincial government of Basilan in partnership with the Joint Normalization Committee (JNC) led by Ariel Hernandez.
The said program was initiated for the reduction and management of small arms and light weapons of individuals and groups creating havoc in the communities.
In his message, Brig. Gen. Gobway said, “Joint Task Force Basilan will continue to support our partners and stakeholders in all their endeavors for the attainment of our common goal that is to sustain peace in all the municipalities of Basilan”.
The elected municipal and barangay officials of Hadji Mohammad Ajul (HMA) led by Mayor Ibrahim Hadji Ballaho took part in the momentous event.
Meanwhile, Capt. Sherwin Latiera, commanding officer of 15th Special Forces Company, presented the 23 assorted loose firearms to Brig. Gen. Gobway and Gov. Hataman during the event. The said firearms were voluntarily surrendered by civilians from the different barangays of the HMA.
Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, Jr., commander of the Western Mindanao Command, extended his full support to the SALW program. “Let us continue to work together to win lasting peace and progress in our respective community”. JULMUNIR I. JANNARAL