All-female group to be deployed to Marawi to help rebuild the city » Manila Bulletin News



 By Francis T. Wakefield

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said an all-female group coming from the military and non-commissioned officers from Philippine National Police (PNP) would be deployed to Marawi City to help in the rebuilding efforts there.

Marine Colonel Edgard Arevalo

AFP Public Affairs Office chief Marine Colonel Edgard Arevalo said the sendoff ceremony of the Joint AFP-PNP Civil Relations Team is set tomorrow at the Base Operations, Colonel Jesus Villamor Air Base in Pasay City at about 8:30 a.m.

Arevalo said about100 women personnel from the military and PNP would be sent to support the recovery, reconstruction and rehabilitation of war-torn Marawi City.

“Enlisted personnel from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and noncommissioned officers from the Philippine National Police (PNP) is up for deployment to Marawi as a special joint team or joint team to support the recovery, reconstruction and rehabilitation of Marawi,” Arevalo said.

“They will be tasked to facilitate psychological intervention, rather psychosocial intervention, peace-building and prevention and countering violent extremism,” he added.

Arevalo said the female soldiers and policemen underwent training that started on August 21 and ended on Friday.

He said that of the 100 women to be deployed, 40 are from the AFP and 60 from the PNP.

“And we expect the [AFP} chief of staff General Eduardo Año and the PNP chief Director [General] Ronald dela Rosa to attend the ceremony,” Arevalo said.

Arevalo said the formation of the group is a brainchild of the joint AFP and PNP civil relations committee.

“The main battle area and Marawi is predominantly male already so the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine National Police thought about deploying (an all) female (team) to have a feminine touch, especially on the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the city,” Arevalo said.

“We also have psychosocial intervention because the AFP and PNP sees that it will be easier, more approachable if women will be the ones to be sent there,” he said.

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