Senior commanders of the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF) have joined the military in a two-day Joint Simulation Exercise and Incident Command System held in Maguindanao.
Bangsamoro government’s Ministry of Interior and Local Government’s (MILG) READI (Rapid Emergency Action on Disaster Incidence) organized the activity with the participation of the 6th Infantry Division (ID) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on August 15-16 held at the military’s Camp Siongco in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao.
Dubbed as “Sindaw nu Kalilintad,” it is the region’s first of its kind activity designed to convene in one gathering the members and officers of Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s BIAF and 6th ID of the Philippine Army, MILG Minister Atty. Naguib Sinarimbo, also head of the Bangsamoro READI, said.
The activity provides capacity-building on emergency response through the Executive Course on Incident Management, and to forge a climate of cooperation and camaraderie between the former opposing forces, who are now partners in peace building and development in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), he said.
“This is an opportunity for both organizations not only to effectively discuss ways and means in managing disasters and emergency incidence in BARMM but also an opportunity to work together to defeat the pandemic and build enduring peace in the region and in the country,” Sinraimbo said.
“Sindaw nu Kalilintad is the Bangsamoro Government’s another way of expressing our sincere intention to put an end to the decade-long conflict that is wreaking havoc in our land whilst capacitating our people in disaster and emergency management,” he added.