Gov't to pursue peace initiatives with LGUs
San Jose, Antique (3 September) -- Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza said that from the mere cast in the past, Local Government Units will soon play high profile roles in the government campaign to end the communist insurgency that has hounded the country for the past 35 years.
Dureza further said that although the talks between the government and the National Democratic Front – Communist Party of the Philippines- New People’s army have been stalled since 2004, the government will continue to pursue peace initiatives through the LGUs.
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is determined to put an end to the communist insurgency. Dureza said that our initiative now is to go the LGUs to emulate the Bohol experience in combating the local communist rebellion through the “hard power” of the military and the “soft power” of development. The end goals of the so-called soft power of development are reduction of poverty, alliance building, convergence, community organizing, capability-building and self-reliance.
In Antique, the Department of Interior and Local Government supports the anti-insurgency / anti-terrorism program of the local government units.
Mary Salvacion Alian, Assistant Provincial Director of DILG urged LGUs to be comprehensive in making their Integrated Area Community Public Safety Plan to include anti-insurgency/terrorism program and appropriate corresponding budget to identified projects and anti- insurgency campaign especially in areas prone to armed conflict.
The local peace and order councils in all levels (barangay, municipal and provincial) are also encouraged to provide funds to augment the national efforts towards economic development, sound environmental management , and poverty alleviation, to win back communist rebels to the folds of the law and live normal lives. (PS Mabaquiao/PIA) [top]