The 549th Engineer Battalion facilitated the demilitarization of firearms during the 33rd Founding Anniversary of the 6th Infantry “Kampilan” Division held at Camp Siongco, Awang, DOS, Maguindanao on October 24, 2020.
One road roller was used to run over 242 captured, confiscated, surrendered, and recovered (CCSR) firearms. The said firearms were then cut by the personnel from the 12th Forward Service Support Unit using circular saws and subsequently burned to ensure that no part of the firearms would be re-used or recycled.
The demilitarization of assorted firearms was witnessed by Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, the Commanding General of the Philippine Army; Lt. Gen. Corleto, Vinluan, Jr., the Commander of the Western Mindanao Command; and other guests.
“To the people of Central Mindanao, you are the key to inclusive and genuine peace. Terrorism can never be defeated solely by the Army. We need your active involvement,” said Lt. Gen. Sobejana.
The firearms were recovered through the concerted efforts and dedication of the Joint Task Force Central troopers, the local government units, and the communities who altogether fight against terrorism and criminalities in Central Mindanao.
Lt. Gen. Vinluan, Jr. commended the troops of the JTF Central for their unwavering support and service to ensure the peace and safety of the people in the region. WESTERN MINDANAO COMMAND