A TOTAL of 314 volunteers have completed a five-day Barangay Defense Force (BDF) Training on Friday, October 29, 2021, in Sumisip, Basilan province, officials said.

Lieutenant Colonel Renante Besa, commander of the army’s 64th Infantry Battalion, facilitated the conduct of the training, which culminated at the municipal gymnasium in Buli-Buli village, Sumisip.

Sumisip Mayor Jul-Adnan Hataman lauded the efforts and willingness of the new breed of BDF volunteers to maintain and forge peace, security, and development in the municipality and in the province.

Brigadier General Domingo Gobway, Joint Task Force Basilan commander, expressed his gratitude to the civilians who volunteered to be protectors of the state.

In his own words, Gobway interpreted the acronym BDF as B - Bagong mga hukbo na nakahandang ipagtanggol ang bayan; D - Disiplina, bilang isang Barangay Defense Force, dapat dala-dala natin ang ating disiplina sa sarili, sa bawat galaw dapat isipin natin na may katungkulan tayo; and F - Freedom, dapat patuloy nating itaguyod at panatilihin ang kapayapaan dito sa Basilan.

He cited Presidential Decree No. 1016 Section 1, which stated that subject to the approval of the Secretary of National Defense, an Integrated Civilian Home Defense Force may be organized in such provinces, cities, municipalities, and barangays that are threatened by insurgency, rebellion, subversion, criminality, and/or disorder, for the purpose of defending the community against the violence and lawlessness and of assisting law enforcement agencies in the maintenance of peace and order.

Major General Alfredo Rosario, Jr., Western Mindanao Command chief, extended his felicitations to the BDF graduates.

“Let us work together to sustain the peace and security in your respective communities,” Rosario said. (SunStar Zamboanga)

Source: SunStar (https://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/1911785/Zamboanga/Local-News/314-complete-Barangay-Defense-Force-training?ref=rss&format=simple&link=link)