Army Chief Expresses Support to CMO

FORT BONIFACIO, METRO MANILA – Army Chief Lt Gen Glorioso V Miranda expressed his support to Civil-Military Operations (CMO) following his visit at the headquarters of Civil-Military Operations Group, Philippine Army, 13 January.
General Miranda said that regardless of the operational environment situation in the future, CMO will stay. “When we deal with the civilians, with the communities, it’s entirely a different thing. It’s not the training that we give to our soldiers when we deal with them. But it’s CMO,” he remarked.
During the visit, a briefing on the significant accomplishments of CMOG was presented by Col Thomas R Sedano Jr, the group commander who was commended by the Army Chief.
In line with the Command Guidance, new CMOG projects, programs and activities were also presented to adhere with, such as the promotion of peace advocacies thru social media, sustainment of engagement with various stakeholders as partners for peace; support the government’s campaign against illegal drugs thru Drug Abuse Resistance Education soldiers, the partnership with US PACOM’s military information support and civil affairs teams to enhance students’ training while also upgrading its school facilities to accommodate more International Military Students.
As CMOG is proposed to be upgraded to a CMO Regiment, the Army Chief emphasized that it needs to be substantiated academically. He added that since CMO will remain as a tool, it has to be professionalized and creating a regiment would achieve it. As such, it will dedicate training to its personnel.
In closing, General Miranda directed the staff to immediately plan to support the AFP Development Support and Security Plan “Kapayapaan”, the new campaign plan of the Armed Forces of the Philippines that is geared towards development and security.

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