The Western Mindanao Command Transformation Roadmap (WMCTR)

The AFPTR is a 15-year strategy that aims to transform the AFP into a strong and credible institution built on good governance.

It serves as the AFP’s strategy in pursuing reform initiatives within the framework of Security Sector Reform (SSR). It is geared towards two (2) strategic priorities: capability development and professionalization of all ranks.

The WMCTR is composed of three (3) key components: Charter Statement, Strategy Map, and WestMinCom Governance Scorecard. These three (3) key components encapsulate the command’s strategy to achieve the AFP’s ultimate vision of becoming a world-class armed forces.

WestMinCom launches Multi-Sector Governance Consultative Board

Western Mindanao Command officially launched this afternoon the Multi-Sector Governance Consultative Board (MSGCB), a group of individuals chosen by the WestMinCom leadership to perform as the accountability partner of the organization and to ensure continuation of programs and initiatives of the Command Scorecard.

The launching was held at the Eisenhower Hall, Khadaffy Mansion in Camp Navarro, Calarian, this city around 4pm today, May 21.

The MSGCB is composed of representatives from the different public and private sectors chosen based on the following criteria:

  • Integrity- members are very reliable.
  • Expertise- members are knowledgeable about governance and their field of institution.
  • Commitment- members are committed and devoted towards the promotion of good governance, transparency and accountability.
  • Volunteerism- members are willing to devote personal time and resources in helping the AFP in advancing its reform efforts and advocacies.

Composing the Western Mindanao Command Multi-Sector Governance Consultative Board (WMC-MSGCB) are:

  • Honorable Mujiv Sabbihi Hataman, elected Congressman of the Lone District of Basilan;
  • Honorable Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar, elected Mayor of Zamboanga City;
  • Father Karel S. San Juan, SJ- President of Ateneo De Zamboanga University;
  • Reverend Carlos Gentiles Gulane DD- Senior Founding Pastor of the Zamboanga City Assembly of God;
  • Doctor Grace Rebollos- President of the Reach Out to Others Foundation;
  • Professor Ali T. Yacub- President and Founder of the Golden Crescent Consortium of Peace Builders and Affiliates;
  • Jose Suan- President of the Philippine Integrated Industries Labor Union (PIILU);
  • Edwin To- Chairman and CEO of the Pricewise Marketing Corporation;
  • Christopher Lawrence Arnuco- Chairman and Administrator of the Zamboanga City Special Economic Zone;
  • Roel Pareño- Writer and Correspondent of the Philippine Star; and
  • Raymond Domingo- Area Officer of the National Youth Commission

In the said activity, the MSGCB members pledged willingness to work and assist the Command in promoting good governance, transparency, and accountability.

“Third time ko na pong mag participate. Very close yung partnership namin  sa military sa success story ng Basilan kasi alam naman natin ang kwento namin sa Basilan, so ang tingin ko pwede natin i-expound sa buong WestMinCom yung mga experience sa Lanao at Maguindanao kasi yun ang pinaka-challenging sa buong area ng WestMinCom so baka pwede natin pag-usapan,” Governor Mujiv Hataman said.

The pledge of commitment and pinning of WestMinCom Transformation Roadmap pins were spearheaded by WestMinCom chief Lieutenant General Arnel B. Dela Vega.

“It is our privilege and honor to be a part of the MSGCB. It is a great honor to be of service to our people and to continue the promotion of peace and development in our region,” said Prof. Ali Yacub.

In his message, Lieutenant General Arnel B. Dela Vega expressed his gratitude to all the members of the board.

“Nagpapasalamat po kami sa bawat miyembro ng Multi-Sector Governance Board dahil unang-una ay ibinahagi niyo sa amin ang inyong panahon, ang inyong oras, ang inyong  kaalaman, ang inyong kasanayan, your expertise, your knowledge, and your unselfish commitment to stir us towards good governance, transparency, and accountability,” said LtGen Arnel B. Dela Vega, commander of the Western Mindanao Command.

“We are already vying for our third stage, which is the proficiency stage. This is a parameter for us as far as the external perspective is concerned,” added LtGen Dela Vega.

“This is our external source of guidance, criticism, suggestions, and recommendations for the ultimate intentions of making us worthy leaders and members of this organization to ensure good governance, transparency, and accountability,” the WestMinCom chief expressed.

“As far as performing our mandate is concerned, we will never know if we are doing things in the right way unless we are told from the external perspective on what we should be doing, where should we be putting ourselves, and all the inputs that you may be willing to advice and give us,” LtGen Dela Vega concluded.

Also present during the activity were Brigadier General Generoso Ponio, Deputy Commander for Operations of the Western Mindanao Command; Colonel Leonardo Peña, Chief of Unified Command Staff of the Western Mindanao Command; the Command Staff; other officers; and the men, women and civilian employees of the Western Mindanao Command.

Explosives, illegal drug paraphernalia and high-powered firearms recovered in Maguindanao

While conducting intensified military operation, troops of the 90th Infantry Battalion and the 61st Division Reconnaissance Company seized assorted firearms and other war materiel in Barangay Bentan, Talitay, Maguindanao yesterday morning, May 16.

The military operation was immediately launched to contain the escalation of conflict and protect the civilian community in the area, after a reported firefight between the private armed groups of Vice-Mayoralty candidates Montasir Sabal and Suraida Ameril the other day.

Hundreds of residents in the area were forced to evacuate to give way to the pacification effort of the JTF Central troopers.

They were immediately assisted by the JTF Central, local government unit of Talitay and other stakeholders.

The operating troops intervened with the warring groups and conducted clearing operation to bring back normalcy in Barangay Bentan.

While scouring the area, troops were able to recover one M16 rifle, 4 M653 rifles, 2 M203 rifles, 2 M14 rifles, 1 M79 rifle, 1 Garand rifle, 2 Thomson, 1 Carbine, 1 homemade shotgun, 1 KG9 Luger, one 60mm mortar, 1 Baofing Radio, 15 pcs large plastic drums (suspected to be anti-personnel mines), 12 PVC anti-personnel mine and 4 hand grenades.

“We recovered these war materiel which were hastily left along the route of withdrawal of the private armed groups. Our clearing operations continue to this time,” said Lieutenant Colonel Crizaldo A. Fernandez, Commanding Officer of the 90IB.

Meanwhile, the 3rd Explosive Ordnance Disposal of the Philippine Army are currently checking the plastic drums suspected to contain anti-personnel mine components and illegal substance for bomb making.

603rd Brigade Commander Colonel Wilbur C. Mamawag said that the firefight between PAGs in Barangay Kilalan was contained because the military immediately intervened to prevent its escalation particularly between the supporters of rival political families.

Joint Task Force Central Commander, Major General Cirilito E. Sobejana commended the troops of the 90IB and 61DRC for their recent accomplishments.

As of this report, the displaced residents are safely sent back to their respective homes with the assistance of Army troopers.

“I would like to personally commend the troops of the Joint Task Force Central for this very successful operation,” said Lieutenant General Arnel B. Dela Vega, commander of the Western Mindanao Command.

Army troops engaged by lawless elements in Basilan

While traversing the road from Lamitan to Macalang Patrol Base in Macalang, Albarka, 3 personnel of the Bravo Company of the 74th Infantry Battalion were engaged by unidentified armed group in the boundary of Barangay Sabong and Campo Uno, Lamitan City at 10:15 am today, May 16.

Troops situated at Sabong Detachment promptly responded and evacuated the wounded soldiers to St. Peter’s Hospital, Lamitan City for immediate medical attention.

Pursuit operation is now being conducted to neutralize the perpetrators.

WestMinCom: 2019 elections generally peaceful in Western and Central Mindanao

 The 2019 National and Local Elections turned out to be generally peaceful, said WestMinCom Chief Lieutenant General Arnel B. Dela Vega.

To ensure a peaceful and orderly conduct of the midterm elections, combined elements of the AFP and PNP conducted random checkpoints, road security, mobile and foot patrol, and provided security assistance to COMELEC personnel and election paraphernalia.

There were few election-related incidents reported but are considered isolated cases.

“I commend all Joint Task Forces for fulfilling their mandates of maintaining the peace and orderliness of the 2019 national and local elections,” said Lieutenant General Dela Vega.

“I would like to ascribe the success of the election process to other line agencies such as the PNP and COMELEC,” added LtGen Dela Vega.

WestMinCom honors mothers during Sunday mass 

In a simple way, Western Mindanao Command joined the celebration of Mother’s Day by honouring all the mothers present during the Sunday Mass yesterday morning.

Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds and the influence of mothers in society.

Fresh red roses were offered to all the mothers present during the mass at the WMC Catholic Chapel to honor their sacrifices being the light of the family.

NLE 2019 monitoring center activated

A monitoring center for the National and Local Elections 2019 was formally activated at the Operations Building of the Western Mindanao Command early this morning, May 13.

The activation was spearheaded by WestMinCom chief Lieutenant General Arnel B. Dela Vega and Police Major General Daniel G. Macatlang Jr., the Directorate for Integrated Police Operations.

Composed of combined AFP and PNP troops, the monitoring team is tasked to provide hourly updates on the ongoing election process and on election-related incidents that may arise.

Prayer for peaceful and honest elections in 2019

Lord god almighty, ruler of the universe and all mankind, we come to you in prayer and supplication.

Look kindly on your children the Pilipino people under nation, the Philippines as we once again choose our leaders who will make laws and administer their province, town and cities in the election on May 13 2019.

Stir in the hearts of the voters a love for our country and choose the candidates most qualified to serve with dedication, honesty, skills, intelligence, patriotism and selflessness.

Strengthen their love for good and reject the candidates who desire to use their position to gain wealth and power.

Open our eyes as voters that we may see the lies in the empty promises of the candidates with no genuine desire to serve but only wish to use public office to promote themselves and trample on the rights of others.

Help us make this election away for the poor to be seen, to receive the right attention, assistance and respect that restores their dignity as children of god.

Lord we thank you for this precious right of suffrage that our democracy has given us.

We pray that we may use them wisely, responsible and honestly to enable our country to prosper and be peace at peace and its people free, healthy and safe.

 

Amen.

COMELEC Regional Election Director visits WestMinCom

A day before Election Day, Attorney Remlane Tambuang, the COMELEC Regional Election Director for Region 9, visited the Western Mindanao Command at 9am today, May 12 purposely to keep track on the preparations for tomorrow.

Atty. Tambuang was received by the officers and men of the WestMinCom led by Lieutenant General Arnel B. Dela Vega at the Bautista Lounge of the Command.

In a short meeting, Atty. Tambuang and the WestMinCom leadership ironed out some glitches to ensure the successful conduct of the National and Local Elections 2019.

The meeting was also attended by Brigadier General Cirilo Thomas P. Donato, WestMinCom Deputy Commander for Admin; JTF Zamboanga Commander, Colonel Leonel M. Nicolas; Colonel Leonardo I. Pena, WestMinCom Chief of the Unified Command Staff; and the Command Staff. In his message, WestMinCom chief reiterated that the WestMinCom troops will remain apolitical and non-partisan at all times.

“Again, we encourage everyone to exercise their right to suffrage,” said Lieutenant General Dela Vega.

“Your Western Mindanao Command is here to protect you,” he added.

“We ensure that the NLE 2019 will be an honest, orderly, peaceful and credible one,” LtGen Dela Vega concluded.

283 new soldiers pledge to serve the people and protect the land

A total of 283 new soldiers, composed of 24 female and 259 male, successfully completed the 10 months rigid training in a closing ceremony held at the 1st Infantry Division Grandstand earlier today, May 10.

The graduates completed the Candidate Soldier Course at the 1st Division Training School (1DTS) in Upper Pulacan, Labangan, Zamboanga Del Sur.

Said training provided the candidate soldiers with the basic knowledge and skills of soldiery and developed their character into strong and lethal warrior members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

In his message, JTF ZamPeLan Commander Brigadier General Roberto T. Ancan, challenged the new soldiers to walk according to the living ideals of soldiery.

“Your journey has just begun, always uphold the virtues of the AFP and serve with pride and honor and do not forget to seek help and guidance from our God Almighty,” said BGen Ancan, the keynote speaker.

BGen Ancan also expressed an accolade of thanks to the family, especially the parents of the graduates who entrusted their sons and daughters to be part of the noble profession of arms, reminding them also that military life is a life of service and danger, but nonetheless a patriotic life that one could be proud of.

The new graduates will be deployed to the different field units under the administrative control of the 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division, and will serve to further strengthen the forces of the division in fighting violence and terrorism and in sustaining the peace and development in Western Mindanao.