MANILA – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Tuesday handed over essential electronic equipment previously donated by Australia to its civil relations department, which will be used in the fight against violent extremism.
âElectronic equipment and gadgets, previously housed at the AFP Education, Training and Doctrine Command (AFPETDCOM), will strengthen the capacity of CRSAFP (Civil Relations Service AFP) in its documentation function and coding of diverse and broad information on personalities and events linked to violent extremism and terrorism, âAFP Chief of Staff Gen. JosÃ© Faustino Jr. said in a statement.
Faustino, together with CRSAFP Commander Major General Manuel Sequitin, led the equipment renewal during a ceremony at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.
Lt. Col. Timothy John Lopsik, Deputy Defense AttachÃ©, and Sara Fouchy, Defense Intelligence Liaison Officer and Second Secretary of the Australian Embassy, âârepresented the Australian government.
AFPETDCOM, headed by Major General Francisco Ariel Felicidario III, received the donation of modern computer and multimedia equipment from Canberra on 23 June.
“AFP is fortunate to have been offered essential electronic equipment by one of its staunch allies in the fight against terrorism – the Australian government through its embassy here in the Philippines,” Faustino said.
New equipment included high-tech computers, tablets, storage devices, smart TVs, cameras and audio recording components.
Sequitin said the data collected and processed through the equipment is crucial in AFP’s efforts to develop proactive measures in preventing and countering violent extremism.
âWe at CRS have a unique task. We are unlike any other soldier because we are not armed with long guns and heavy equipment. Instead, we have cameras ready to capture reality, speakers to speak the truth, and our hearts. always ready to reach out, âhe said.
The equipment will also strengthen CRSAFP’s current capacity to provide commanders and troops with more valuable materiel and timely information to effectively lead efforts to counter violent extremism.
Faustino also assured that AFP could tackle some of the root causes of terrorism and violent extremism, however complex and multifaceted.
“As adopted by the United Nations, violent extremism can be prevented through inclusive development, tolerance and respect for diversity – measures which AFP has successfully championed over the years as we move towards convergence of efforts to achieve sustainable peace and development in the countryside, âhe said. (ANP)