A. Historical Overview
As we all know. the City of Davao is considered as the ‘Most Peaceful City in the Philippines’ and ranked 87th fastest turning City in the universe. Even so. it has experienced assorted terrorizing events in the past with guiltless civilians as victims: locals and aliens ; Christians. Muslims. and Lumads ; grownups. adult females and kids. All of these Acts of the Apostless were considered Terrorism based on available literature. The Commemorative Monument of Peace and Unity in Davao City with the Legislative Building in the background.
To recite. the first recorded force attributed to terrorist act in Davao City was on Easter Sunday. April 19. 1981 at the Roman Catholic San Pedro Cathedral – 17 were killed and more than 150 were wounded in a grenade onslaught. Another grenade onslaught on the same cathedral happened on December 27. 1993 – 6 died and at least 130 more were wounded. The 3rd onslaught was in 1995 known as the All Souls Day bombing – a twelve were killed and about 100 wounded. San Pedro Cathedral is merely across the route from the SP Building of Davao City. Terrorism has merely became a serious subject after the 9/11 onslaught in the United States. For Davao City. station 9/11 onslaughts besides became more violent and serious. Exceeding the list is the bombardment of Davao International Airport on March 4. 2003 where a homemade bomb exploded at the waiting shed looking the Davao International Airport killing 21 and injuring at least 146.
Less than a month subsequently. 17 people were killed and more than 70 were injured when a bomb exploded near a barbeque base in a row of nutrient stables by the Sasa Wharf ferry terminus on April 2. 2003. So far. the last recorded incident considered as terrorist onslaught in Davao City was the Valentine’s Day bombing that killed a 12 year-old male child and injured five others when a bomb exploded at the Davao City Overland Transport Terminal on February 14. 2005. This bombardment was at the same time instigated in Makati City and General Santos. which claimed the lives of 8 people and injured tonss of guiltless civilians. and was claimed to be orchestrated by the Abu Sayyaf Group. a ill-famed local terrorist group. in revenge for the military offense launched by authorities military personnels in early 2005. An Indonesian national and two Filipino members of the Abu Sayyaf Group were sentenced to decease in connexion with the Valentine’s Day bombardments.
B. Local Chief Executive’s Perspective
The best that Davao City can make against possible terrorist onslaught is to be argus-eyed and the usage of diplomatic negotiations to guard off force. Everybody should raise their degree of watchfulness. The first “Davao City Anti-Terrorism Forum” initiated by the City Government of Davao on November 24. 2010 with the purpose of making consciousness and apprehension of terrorist act and raising the degree of watchfulness of all stakeholders. Hence. the first “Davao City Anti-Terrorism Forum” was undertaken by the City Government on November 24. 2010 with the purpose of making consciousness and apprehension of terrorist act and raising the degree of watchfulness of all stakeholders. It was held at the Grand Men Seng Hotel attended by Barangay Officials. City Government employees. military and police caputs. every bit good as leaders from the private sector. The enterprise. coupled with go oning information airing prove to be effectual and fruitful as evidenced by what Dabawenyos presently enjoy – Peace and Development.
C. Prolonging the Additions
Once people enjoy peace and development. they should non be complacent of what they are sing because terrorist act can strike anytime and anyplace. Appropriate sustenance is needed through changeless information thrust and appropriate rating of stakeholders’ awareness degree. This is the chief ground why the City Government of Davao conducted the “Davao City Anti-Terrorism Forum 2012” in order to instill the jussive moods for sustained stakeholders’ consciousness on anti-terrorism in Davao City on June 1. 2012 at the Almendras Gym. Davao City with the subject: “Kahibaw-an SA Katawhan ngadto sa Kalinaw ug Kalambuan”or the Imperatives for Stakeholders’ Awareness towards Peace and Development. II. Aim
A. Broad Objective
The overall aim of the City Government of Davao in carry oning the “Davao City Anti-Terrorism Awareness Forum 2012” . facilitated by Task Force Davao. 10th Infantry ( AGILA ) Division. Philippine Army in cooperation with the Davao City Police Office. is to instill to all stakeholders the jussive moods for sustained consciousness on anti-terrorism in consonant rhyme with the “Target Hardening” constituent of the Davao City OPLAN Laban sa Terorism.
B. Specific Aims
One of the aims of the activity is to show the speedy appraisal undertaken by Task Force Davao on the current stakeholders’ consciousness of terrorist act and the anti-terrorism plan in the metropolis. In peculiar. Dabawenyos’ apprehension of bing jurisprudence ( s ) . consciousness of the City Government’s anti-terrorism scheme. their point of view on the possible effects of terrorist act to Davao City and their suggestions to heighten the plan were discussed. The most of import aim of the Anti-Terrorism Awareness Forum 2012 is to function as locale for all stakeholders. together with invited resource talkers and capable affair expert ( SME ) . to discourse terrorist act on the macro and micro degree and how it influences Davao City’s March towards peace and development. Lt. General Emmanuel T Bautista AFP. Commanding General of the Filipino Army arrives at the anteroom of the Almendras Gym Davao City Recreation Center during the Davao City Anti-terrorism Awareness Forum 2012 on 01 June 2012. Lt. General Bautista was greeted and welcomed by Mr. Magno G. Adalin Jr. ( left ) . Head of the Davao City Public Safety and Security Command Center and stand foring Honest Sara Z. Duterte. City Mayor of Davao City. Brigadier General Ariel B. Bernardo AFP ( 2nd from right ) . Commanding officer of the tenth Infantry ( AGILA ) Division. Philippine Army. and Colonel Marcos Norman S. Flores Jr. ( rightmost ) . Commanding officer of Task Force Davao. 10th Infantry ( AGILA ) Division. Philippine Army. Specifically. Task Force Davao took advantage of the locale to show the consequence of the Quick Assessment of the degree of consciousness of Dabawenyos on the followers:
1 ) Terrorism and its menaces to Davao City based on personal/corporate position ; 2 ) Potential consequence ( s ) to Davao City’s advancement ; 3 ) Davao City’s anti-terrorism efforts/strategy ; 4 ) Respective function in anti-terrorism six a vis Davao City’s scheme ; and 5 ) Challenges or issues and concerns. Succeeding presentations and treatments were aimed: 1 ) to supply stakeholders an overview of terrorist act and the current menaces to Davao City’s peace and development ; 2 ) to advise all stakeholders on Davao City’s anti-terrorism scheme. construct. execution. achievements. challenges. inventions and manner in front ; 3 ) to stress the jussive moods of stakeholders’ engagement – Harnessing Multi-Sectoral Cooperation Towards Thwarting Terrorism and other Threats ; 4 ) to stress the demand to turn to terrorist act. force. criminalism and Human Rights through the protagonism of the Arms Trade Treaty of the Amnesty International Philippines ; and 5 ) to show to all stakeholders the Current Landscape and Evolving Trends of Terrorist Threats in Mindanao – Challenges for Peace and Development in Davao City.
III. THE FORUM
A. Venue and Participants
The mark audiences for the Davao City Anti-Terrorism Awareness Forum 2012 were the Davao City Barangay Officials. Sangguniang Kabataan Chairmen. representatives of National. Regional and Local Government Agencies. Non-Government Organizations. Cause Oriented Groups. representatives from the assorted sectors of the Civil Society. giving primacy to the pupils and the Youth being our most active oral cavity piece for the protagonism. Participants register as they arrive at the anteroom of the Almendras Gym Davao City Recreation Center. Equally early as 8 o’clock in the forenoon of June 1. 2012. participants were received and registered at the anteroom of the Almendras Gym Davao City Recreation Center. Registration was competently facilitated by forces of Task Force Davao and the Davao City Police Office. The recorded participants based on enrollment were: Barangay Officials – 83 ; SK Chairmen/Officers – 34 ; Representatives of National. Regional and City Government Agencies – 11 ; Schools / Universities and Cause-Oriented Groups – 32 ; Security Sector – 139 ; and Other Sectors ( Transport. Tourism. Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Religious. etc. ) – 158 or a sum of 457 participants.
B. Opening Program with the Commanding General. Filipino Army as Particular Guest
Lt General Bautista walks past the participants of the Davao City Anti-Terrorism Forum 2012 during the gap ceremonial. The Opening Program instantly started upon reaching of Lieutenant General Emmanuel T. Bautista AFP. the Commanding General of the Filipino Army at around 9:30 o’clock that forenoon. Besides present were Brigadier General Ariel B. Bernardo AFP. Commander of the tenth Infantry ( AGILA ) Division. Colonel Marcos Norman S. Flores Jr. . Commander of Task Force Davao. P/SSupt Ronald M. Dela Rosa. Chief of the Davao City Police Office. and Mr. Magno G. Adalin Jr. . Chief of the Davao City Public Safety and Security Command Center who acted as host in behalf of the City Mayor. Prior to the Acknowledgement of Guests and Participants. Mr. Jaime R. Torres. the City Mayor’s Office Consultant on Public Affairs who acted the Forum Master of Ceremony and Moderator. gave a brief principle for the forum.
After which. Mr. Magno G. Adalin Jr. read the welcome message of Honest Sara Z. Duterte. Mayor of Davao City. Mr. Jaime R. Torres. the City Mayor’s Office Consultant on Public Affairs. acknowledges Guests and Participants during the Opening Program. In her message. Mayor Duterte emphasized that: “As in any other enterprise. the quest for peace and security is non something that can non be accomplished by one sector entirely. Keeping peace and order in our metropolis is non the duty of ( the ) Task Force Davao and our military forces entirely. ” The Mayor further stressed that: “As public retainers. voluntaries. and as Davaoenos and occupants of this great metropolis. it is our corporate duty to guarantee that Davao City is safe for us all. ” The City Mayor besides acknowledged the attempt of Task Force Davao. led by Col. Marcos Norman Flores. for forming the forum as a manner of advising the city’s stakeholders on terrorist act. For all stakeholders. she conveyed her aspiration for all of them to be “empowered to take a base and defend ( our ) Davao City against menaces of terrorism” .
Mr. Magno G. Adalin Jr. . Chief of Davao City Public Safety and Security Command Center reads the Message of the City Mayor. Honest Sara Z. Duterte. during the Opening Program for the Davao City Anti-Terrorism Forum 2012 at the Almendras Gym Davao City Recreation Center on 01 June 2012.
The speedy assessment is an effectual tool to elicit attending and apprehension of the stakeholders. policy shapers. security suppliers and the civil society in Davao City. To do usage of this chance. appropriate stuffs were distributed to the in order to level-off understanding for anti-terrorism.