Barangay officials were urged to take the lead in the intensified campaign for sustainable peace and development, in a meeting Sunday with military leaders in Mapun, Tawi-Tawi.
“The strength of our nation is as good as its weakest barangays. Do not think that you are just barangay captains, you are nothing in the government structure,” said Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, commander of Western Mindanao Command.
“You have an enormous role in the security campaign, and you must strive to implement what good plans you have for the common good,” he added.
Internal security begins with society’s smallest unit; thus, protected barangays can prevent the infiltration of lawless elements in their area, said Lt. Gen. Sobejana.
The WestMinCom commander further urged local officials to set a good example, as the local government and the security sector work for peaceful and economically developed communities.
Charles Lao, officer-in-charge of the Office of the Mayor of Mapun, said it was the first time for the WestMinCom leadership to talk with local officials and the community.
“We are very much honored to have Lt. Gen. Sobejana and his staff. We want to extend our heartfelt and profound gratitude to you for sharing with us your wisdom and for addressing all our concerns despite our location,” added Lao.
Fifteen barangay officials joined said dialogue held at the Mapun Municipal Hall on August 18.
Military and local leaders also discussed Executive Order No. 70 during said meeting.
Lt. Gen. Sobejana visited the camps of Marine Battalion Landing Team-6, Philippine Coast Guard, and Tactical Operations Squadron, Philippine Air Force.