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Sa Camp Abubakar! First barracks for team to man MILF decommissioned weapons completed – OPAPP

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The government has turned over first of the 11 barracks of the Joint Peace and Security Team (JPST) in Camp Abubakar, a former stronghold of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), located in Maguindanao province, the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) said Sunday, February 16.

The barracks being constructed and with funding support from the OPAPP, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) through its Support to Peacebuilding and Normalization (SPAN) Programme, could be found in seven provinces across Mindanao.

OPAPP Undersecretary David B. Diciano, head of the Joint Normalization Division and Chair of the GPH Peace Implementing Panel, and Enrico Gaveglia, UNDP deputy resident representative, led the turnover of the facility to the Joint Peace and Security Committee (JPSC) Wednesday, February 12.

Newly-installed JPSC co-chair Brig. Gen. Francisco Ariel Felicidario III, who also co-chairs the Coordinating Committee on Cessation of Hostilities – Ad Hoc Joint Action Group (CCCH-AHJAG), accepted the barracks on behalf of the JPSC.

The facility shall serve as the headquarters of the first JPST team which has been tasked to safeguard weapons turned over by members of the MILF-Bangsamoro who have undergone the process of decommissioning.

The decommissioned firearms are now kept in the Secured Arms and Storage Area (SASA) inside the camp under the oversight of the International Decommissioning Body (IDB). #

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