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PIA Press Release
2008/11/02

Task Force MAKIMA makes waves in peace-building efforts

ICC General Santos City (2 November) -- TASK Force MAKIMA (short for Maasim, Kiamba and Maitum) is making steady progress and has produced concrete results in the three post-conflict municipalities of Sarangani, according to Police Regional Office here.

Sarangani's peace and order was placed under the direction of the Task Force since it was created early this month.

"Maintaining peace and security is an essential pre-requisite for successful post-conflict peacebuilding efforts," said PRO 12 Spokesman PSSupt. Danny L. Reyes.

"It's also true that peace will never be achieved without rule of law, respect for human rights, and economic recovery and development," he added.

Reyes noted that the Task Force was able to bring together all stakeholders, formulate integrated strategy, monitor implementation, gain support and mobilize resources from all concerned government and non-government agencies.

Among its major achievements were the filing of six cases against the perpetrators and the integrated strategy for building an effective peace in the post-conflict municipalities, Reyes told PIA SarGen.

He also pointed out that serious efforts have been made to enhance the Task Force's partnership with the community to bolster support and gather information on various security issues.

The spokesman said the move is undertaken in an effort to provide a fully integrated and comprehensive peacebuilding framework for the three conflict-affected municipalities.

Looking forward to the ensuing months, Reyes stressed that the Task Force is moving on to produce more tangible results on the ground that would bring about visible benefits and direct impact to the people in the conflict areas. (PIA SarGen/PRO 12) [top]

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