March 2, 2024

The city government of Baguio recognized and welcomed the establishment of the Joint Task Group (JTG) Baguio, a joint effort between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine National Police to ensure and maintain peace and development in the city.

The acceptance and welcoming ceremony was led by City Mayor Benjamin Magalong along with other city officials during the JTG Baguio send-off ceremony at City Hall on Nov. 20.

Magalong commended the men and women who have chosen to serve in the noble cause of preserving peace and order in the community and assured its commitment and support to the JTG Baguio.

“Your commitment to the welfare of Baguio City is commendable, and I believe the synergy between the AFP and PNP will create a formidable force for the betterment of our city,” he said.

The mayor also encourages residents to support and actively participate in the peace and development programs of the task group.

“Let us unite in sending off the JTG Baguio with pride and unwavering support. May their mission be successful, and may they return to us knowing that their efforts have made a lasting impact on the safety and prosperity of Baguio” the mayor added.

Meanwhile, Lt/Gen. Fernyl G. Buca, Northern Luzon Command (NolCom) head, said the JTG Baguio has only two goals to achieve, which are pagkakaisa and kapayapaan.

“Our joint efforts symbolize the synergy between NolCom and the city government, dedicated to pursuing peace, security, and economic growth. Baguio City’s embrace of our presence is a symbol of hope and victory over potential challenges,” he said.

He added through unity and the whole-nation approach, the goal of peace is a step closer.

The send-off ceremony was also witnessed by NICA Regional Director Camilo Balutan; DSWD Regional Director Leo L. Quintilla; DILG Assistant Director Ruperto Maribbay Jr; Atty. Romel P. Daguimol of the Commission on Human Rights; B/Gen. Bismark D. Soliba (ret.), Regional Adviser for Peace and Security Cordillera; and representatives from non-government organizations and religious groups in Baguio City.

The AFP and PNP personnel comprising the task group completed a 12-day comprehensive training primarily focused on the Community Support Program prior to the send-off. – Press release