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PGMA coming for Davao peace assembly

by JMD Abangan

TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte (4 February) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is expected to come to Tagum City to address some 300 participants to the Local Peace and Security Assembly (LPSA).

Secretary Norberto Gonzales, national security adviser and director-general of the National Security Council (NSC) has announced the holding of LPSA for the Davao Region from February 7 to 8, at the Bulwagang Panlalawigan located at the Provincial Government Center, Mankilam, Tagum City.

Chair of the LPSA Committee on Public Information and Media Relations, Lieutenant Coronel (LTC) Francis Jude S. Lauengco said President Arroyo is expected to address participants at the close of the Assembly.

LPSA aims to gather local government and sectoral leaders together with national government leaders to "agree on approaches that would address issues and concerns affecting peace and security in the locality," he said.

It hopes to present to President Arroyo, at the close of the Assembly, an action agenda for "broad and multi-sectoral campaign for peace and security."

Lauengco bared LPSA as a series of consultations in various regions of the country, forming part of President Arroyo's response "to clamor of local government units and stakeholders for support to their conflict-resolution and peace building initiatives."

LPSA was first conducted in Bohol for Region 7; it then swung to Butuan City for the CARAGA Region. Succeeding LPSAs were held in Tacloban City (Region 8), San Pablo City (CALABARZON), and Masbate City (Region 5).

Meanwhile, Davao del Norte provincial government is up and ready to host the event with the venue and its nearby buildings being spruced up, showing a complete transformation of the area located to the left of the Provincial Capitol, near the Tahanan ng Gobernador.

Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo P. del Rosario has made a face-lift of the former Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) building now converted into Bulwagang Panlalawigan.

He has been seen personally supervising on-going works on the venue and its vicinity in preparation for the Assembly and the coming of the President.

On the other hand, DILG Provincial Director Gregorio Versoza said organizers have so far not seen any peace and security threat that may cause the President to cancel her trip to Tagum City for the LPSA. (PIA/LPSA) [top]

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