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Peace and advocacy programs in MP town gains support

by Andrew Doga-ong

SADANGA, Mt. Province (8 December) -- A holistic approach to promote inter-tribal harmony for mutual development among the tribal conflict affected barangays of this town is ready for implementation following the approval of fund from the Japan Social Development Fund.

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Regional Director DulfieTobias Shalim, in her earlier communication to Sadanga mayor Gabino Ganggangan, said that the Japan Social Development Fund approved the municipal proposals for peace and advocacy programs and initiatives geared towards inter-tribal conflict resolutions with a funding support of P488,000.00.

Shalim advised Ganggangan to make the necessary arrangement for fund release using the Kapitbisig Laban sa Kahirapan- Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services(KALAHI-CIDSS) procedures.

Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer Rosalinda Belagan said the program will benefit more of barangay Saclit which has no share in the various KALAHI-CIDSS: KKB projects apparently due to its disturbed peace and order situation. Saclit tribe has unresolved tribal conflict with Demang and Sadanga Poblacion tribes of the same municipality.

Belagan said the program is divided into sub-projects which include among others series of consultation-dialogues intended to resolve the inter-tribal conflicts, trainings on women empowerment for peace advocacy and provision of a rice mill for Saclit.

The Sadanga KALAHI-CIDSS Municipal Inter Agency Committee through its program Coordinator Esteban Dagsik, however, wrote governor Maximo Dalog requesting the PPOC to handle the peace negotiation activities particularly to help facilitate the inter-tribal conflict resolution between Saclit with its neighboring barangays Demang and Sadanga Poblacion.

It can be recalled that the peace pact of Saclit with Demang and Sadanga Poblacion was severed when a tribesman from Saclit hacked to death a native of Demang in 2004. Instead of retaliating, the Demang and Sadanga tribesmen decided to entrust the killing to the legal justice system. The killer is until now the subject of a warrant of arrest.

Attempt by some peace groups to negotiate a new peace agreement between the conflicting barangays did not materialize as the Demang tribes insisted that the killer must surrender or arrested first before any agreement is reached.

Belagan said the program will focus more on women empowerment through the conduct of capability trainings so women could also help in more fruitful developments and peace advocacies and not just confined with household works and care of children.

To save much time in pounding rice for the family daily needs, the program also include the provision of a rice mill for far-flung Saclit village. (PIA-MP) [top]

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