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Published in Philippine News Agency (Jul 24)
Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief-of-staff, Lt. Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang,on Thursday underscored the importance of winning the peace to ensure progress and development particularly in the countryside.
In a bid to know his command better, the newly-appointed AFP chief visited the Army headquarters in
Fort Bonifacio, Thursday morning. Taguig City
Catapang was welcomed by Army chief Lt. Gen. Hernando DCA Iriberri, together with other ranking officers, enlisted personnel, and civilian employees.
In his talk with the force, Catapang emphasized the AFP's major thrusts under his leadership and his priorities as the 45th AFP chief-of-staff.
He urged the troops to strictly adhere to the AFP's slogan of "Kawal DISIPLINADO, bawal ABUSADO, dapat ASINTADO".
These three key words are acronyms that spell out the dos and don'ts to be followed by every AFP personnel for them "to become proficient in fire and maneuver and be able to avoid collateral damage; be respectful of human rights, and adhere to international humanitarian law and rule of law, as well as the rules of engagement of ‘Bayanihan’.”
Catapang said that the soldiers will closely coordinate with the local governments to help build "bridges for peace", "schools for peace", "hospitals for peace", and "roads for peace".
He added that brigade commanders shall identify projects in their respective localities that will benefit the populace, and the AFP will help the local government unit carry out the program.
Also of paramount consideration under his leadership is enhancing humanitarian assistance and disaster response capabilities of the armed forces.
Earlier in his command guidance, Catapang laid emphasis on strengthening territorial defense, implementation of the AFP Modernization Program, and pursuing the AFP Transformation Roadmap.
Prior his appointment as AFP chief, Catapang was the 42nd vice-chief-of-staff of the military.
He also commanded the AFP's Northern Luzon Command, and was designated as commander of the 7th Infantry Division. He is a member of the Philippine Military Academy "Dimalupig" Class of 1981.