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Gov vows to bring development, peace in Abra

by Maritess Beņas

Bangued, Abra (27 February) -- After cementing most of the main road networks in the lowland towns of Abra, Governor Eustaquio P. Bersamin vowed to work on the roads going to the uplands on his second term as chief executive of the province.

This promise was made before the former rebels (FRs) during their fellowship program with the sponsors of the KABSATKO, IPATEGKO Program held at the Abra Provincial Capitol Social Hall last week.

Bersamin in his accomplishments in his first term into office dubbed "Sa Salita at Sa Gawa", had unbelievably performed beyond compare in terms of both infrastructure projects as well as social services. This is a realization of his promise during his campaign sorties in 2007.

Bersamin, who is running for governor unopposed following the withdrawal of his lone opponent, also sustained his peace program as he keeps telling the people on various occasions, "development equals peace". His development programs also focused on the needs of the rebels returnees in the province.

The fellowship of the former combatants and their sponsors is another sustained effort to strengthen the working together of this sector for the realization of the illusive peace and development.

Jovy (not her real name) for instance, one of the adopted FRs who barely finished her second year in high school expressed her desire to continue with her schooling. Her sponsor committed to help her finish her formal schooling and later on pursue either a college or technical/vocational course.

Some are now ready for sponsorship with the special training program of the Technical Education Skills Development Authority (TESDA). Their sponsors will likewise shoulder their schooling. Others would now want to get a job and their sponsors will help them find a job for them.

Meanwhile, Chairman Eugenio A. Insigne of the National Commission for the Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) committed to increase the quota for the province of Abra for the scholarship program. Insigne, a native of Lacub, Abra was inspired when he saw the FRs, many of them from his hometown that he gave his pronouncement to accommodate the FRs or their children who are interested to pursue higher education.

The Governor thanked the sponsors of the FRs as he acknowledged the limitations of the government to do the job alone and appreciated the efforts and commitment of the sponsors to push for the faster rehabilitation and reintegration of the FRs into mainstream society. (PIA-Abra) [top]

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