A Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE) initiative meeting was held in Isabela City, Basilan yesterday, September 9.
It was spearheaded by Basilan Provincial Governor Jim Hataman-Salliman together with OPAPRU’s Special Assistant Ariel Hernandez; Joint Task Force Basilan Commander Brigadier General Fernando Reyeg; and representatives from the different NGOs, CSOs, and religious organizations in the province.
The meeting was held to contextualize “Preventing Violent Extremism” initiatives in Basilan, complement “PVE” initiatives, develop other action points, create and strengthen working mechanism, and clarify the roles of each stakeholder in order to sustain the PAVE program and further improve the peace and order situation in Basilan.
Gov. Hataman suggested for the productivity of the returnees. “They should be kept busy in any livelihood activity so as to prevent them from going back to the armed struggle. Returnees should be introduced in the productive areas in order to persuade them to engage in farming”.
It is also important to note that one of the government’s program that greatly contributed in the prevention of violent extremism is the introduction of Community Support Program (CSP) in the province.
“Military troops conducted CSP activities in identified influenced-areas that subsequently gained public trust and support,” said Brig. Gen. Reyeg.
“This engagement exemplifies the strong collaborative efforts of the government agencies and key stakeholders in the quest for peace in Basilan,” said Lieutenant General Cirilito Sobejana, commander of the Western Mindanao Command.