JTF Central gets additional forces

DATU ODIN SINSUAT, Maguindanao Province, April 14-- The Joint Task Force (JTF) Central recently welcomed augmentation forces from the 1st Brigade Combat Team (1BCT).

Major General Juvymax Uy, commander of JTF Central and 6th Infantry Division said the additional forces will help strengthen security forces’ presence in support to the current peacebuilding and development efforts in South-Central Mindanao.

The 1BCT is primarily combined arms and a rapidly deployable unit composed of infantry, mechanized, artillery, support combat engineers, and EOD forces that are ready to assume any given tasks and missions. The team has been involved in the campaign against the Abu Sayyaf Group in the Province of Sulu from 2019 until 2020 and has significantly contributed to the neutralization of local and foreign terrorists. Further, it has been an active partner of Sulu Province in the realization of peace and development efforts in the said area.

It can be recalled that last year, JTF Central’s Joint Area of Operation (JAO) was extended covering the province of South Cotabato and part of Sarangani. Thus, Major General Uy stated that the additional troops will fortify Philippine Army's capabilities and strengthen the campaign against local terrorist groups such as the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and Dawlah Islamiyah (DI), Communist Terrorist Group (CTG), and other lawless groups in South and South-Central Mindanao. He added that the deployment of these troops will help in maintaining peace and order in this part of the country and assist local government units in their development initiatives.

“This is part of our commitment to the residents of South-Central Mindanao to always serve the people and to secure the communities from any threat. These modernized forces are highly capable and can be rapidly deployed to adapt to any situation and address any threat in the country,” Maj. Gen. Uy emphasized. (DPAO-6ID)



Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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