AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Emmanuel Bautista visits CMO School

First visit of AFP highest-ranking official marks a milestone in the school’s history

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GEN EMMANUEL T BAUTISTA, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff visited the AFP Civil-Military Operations (CMO) School in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City on June 17, 2014.

Since its establishment in July 2006 under the administrative and operational control of the Civil Relations Service Armed Forces of the Philippines (CRS, AFP), it was the first time the highest-ranking officer of the AFP organization visited the CMO School.

GEN BAUTISTA, the bemedaled commanding general of the Philippine Army who was installed as the 44th Chief of Staff of the AFP in January 2013, was warmly welcomed by the officers of CRS AFP led by the unit’s Commander BGEN ROMEO GAN PA and AFP CMO School’s Commandant MAJ JO-AR A HERRERA PA.

During the visit, GEN BAUTISTA recognized the efforts, achievements and contribution of the AFP CMO School in CMO training and education. Geared to be a center for research for literature development, the AFP CMO School is the Philippines’ only school offering strategic training on CMO in the AFP organization.

GEN BAUTISTA also encouraged the CRS AFP and the AFP CMO School to continue in giving excellent service to the country in pursuit of peace and development.

In line with the government’s thrust to win peace without compromising national security and with its dedication and commitment in actively pursuing the AFP Internal Security Plan “Bayanihan”, the AFP CMO School is taking a Comprehensive Curriculum Review and started a “forward march” in upgrading its CMO curriculum under the leadership of the school’s current commandant.

As the school aims to become the AFP’s prime learning institution, it implements strategic approach standards in CMO courses, as well as continued capability enhancement through progressive curriculum upgrade and facility development.

GEN BAUTISTA acknowledged the school in opening its courses to other government agencies, which manifests inter-agency and collaborations. He also encouraged the school to continue on producing esteem guest lectures and subject matter experts in CMO courses.

The AFP CMO School has been expanding its network by inviting esteemed professionals from government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector to lecture as guest speakers. At the same time, the school has partnered with key public sector organizations such as the Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) and Security Reform Initiative (SRI) as well as top academic institutions like Ateneo De Manila University, De La Salle University, and University of the Philippines.

“The AFP CMO School is continuously levelling up to higher grounds towards our path and our vision of becoming the most advanced Civil-Military Operations School in Asia and CMO research center,” MAJ HERRERA said.