Gov supports peace agreement in Mt Province
by L. Lopez
Bontoc, Mt. Province (16 January) -- Affirming that the solution to peace is not purely military, Gov. Maximo B. Dalog throws support to the call of coming-up with a Peace Agreement in the province.
In his talk during the emergency meeting of the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC), here, last week, Dalog expressed beliefs that the peace agreement would be an effective avenue for leaders and the people to hammer out peace efforts.
He cited that the need for peace is crucial to pave economic growth and uplift the standard of life among his constituents.
Expounding on the common causes of peace problems in the Cordillera region, Dalog unveiled certain tribal-related causes, which he believes should be treated within the cultural system of the Cordillera people.
He disclosed how the cultural way has peacefully resolved critical cases among tribes in the province, which he said could have brought bloodier confrontation among members, were it not for the help of tribal and community leaders.
Although, the peace and order issue here is not as serious as that of other provinces in the region, Dalog recognizes the forging of a peace agreement, but hinted the need to still draft its mechanics.
But even prior to the impending drafting of this formal agreement, Dalog highlights the prevailing traditional peace understandings among the people of Mt. Province, which he said caused the place to be among the most peaceful areas in the country.
But of course with the peace agreement, he believes that the dreams of the people of his province would come closer to reality.
Speaking on the coming May elections, Dalog reminded of the untainted electoral exercise of the place and called on every body to make the May elections even more credible and fraud-free.
Let us continue to show the country that people of Mt. Province are peace lovers and that they can uprightly live to the system of democracy, he said. (PIA) [top]