MANILA, Philippines – Through relevant and sustained programs, the Philippine Army’s Multi-Sectoral Advisory Board (MSAB) has made progress in strengthening civil-military ties to enhance the capacity of Filipino soldiers as defenders of peace and stability.
Maj. Gen. Romulo Manuel Jr., commander of the Philippine Army Reserve Command, stressed that the upcoming journey may have challenges, but with the commitment and synergy shown by MSAB members, they can be easily overcome and achieve common goals.
“I want to reaffirm our commitment to strengthening our public-private partnerships, improving governance and enhancing our ATR programs and projects. I encourage each of you to share your ideas and insights back to your organizations and sectors today. Let us translate our shared vision into tangible results that will benefit our community and contribute to its growth and prosperity.”
Brian Poe-Llamanzares, newly elected co-chair of MSAB’s Army Reserve Command (ARESCOM) strategic communications committee, along with 2nd Lt. Gianmatteo Fernan Guidicelli, said MSAB has conducted enhanced training programs aimed at having an effective and improved reserve force.
The primary training units within ARESCOM include the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) and Basic Citizen Military Training (BCMT).
ARESCOM has the responsibility to develop, organize, mobilize and train reservists into capable and responsive reserve forces that constitute an integral part of the army’s defense of the state and its contribution to socio-economic development.
MSAB also initiated seminars on gender and development and promoting its activities through social media.
It sponsors a number of bloodletting campaigns in which over 10,000 donors took part. It also organized sports activities and a shooting festival at the shooting range, which was created in cooperation with the Fernando Poe Jr. Foundation.
As part of good governance through accountability and transparency, MSAB supports the Army in effectively managing the logistics and finances of its assets, such as vehicles, firearms and other supplies.
“MSAB recognizes our shared responsibility to strengthen our military to better serve and protect us,” Poe-Llamanzares said.
Poe said the organization will continue to play its role as partners of the Army in promoting good governance and efforts to make Filipino soldiers world-class.
“Over the years, the Board’s work has played a significant role in bridging the gap between the military, the private sector and civil society,” he said.
Philippine Army Col. Ronie Ebarita emphasized the synergy espoused by MSAB among its members and stakeholders.
“As we all continue to work together toward our vision for Pennsylvania Reserve Command, we recognize and maintain that intentional stakeholder engagement and collaboration are important elements of good governance efforts,” Ebarita said.
“The harmony and synergy espoused by the RESCOM Multi-Sectoral Advisory Board will contribute to individual and collective success in the Command’s pursuit of success and relevance,” he added.
The MSAB was established “to promote the continuity and sustainability of the Army’s transformation roadmap and to encourage shared responsibility through its committees” for governance, resource management, review and evaluation, strategic communications and research and education, the Army said.
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The Management Board includes representatives of the government, non-governmental organizations, media, business, defense and youth circles.
“We hope to maintain the MSAB programs so that we can have Army Soldiers who will be a source of our national pride,” Poe-Llamanzares said.