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Davao Oriental pursues progress through peace and security

By Neela G. Duallo

CITY OF MATI, Davao Oriental (13 February) -- Laying down her peace agenda, Gov. Corazon Malanyaon presented it's framework to the Provincial Peace and Order Council on February 5, 2008, as the province's contribution to push peace efforts already initiated and implemented.

The peace agenda's mission dwells on a progressive province through the pursuit of peace and security.

Mr. Florante Tarona, PPOC Action Officer tasked by the Governor to do the presentation, said that the agenda was presented to the Council so that this now is owned by the Council.

He explained that this will not just be a product of one's mind, but a result of concerted brilliant ideas from the body.

"We will do this through strengthening linkages, organize, activate, and most importantly empower communities," he said.

Through the peace agenda, the Province wants to attain excellence in local governance through people empowerment, ensure that development rights and opportunities are accessible, particularly to the underprivileged and the Indigenous Communities.

The security plan of the province also wants to implement peace, development, and security related capability building measures through the local government units, conduct training of identified, vulnerable groups, encourage and strengthen participation of civic society organizations in local governance, develop and establish resolution mechanisms in local conflicts, promote and encourage peace advocacy in the military and non-state entities, and organize and establish zones for public safety, among others.

After the presentation, it was suggested that the group be divided to scrutinize the peace agenda, based on the expertise of the members.

Mr. Louie Rabat, a new member of the Council representing the business sector, also suggested that the members be given a copy of the peace agenda, so members can have ample time to study and make recommendations to be presented to the Council.

Gov. Corazon Malanyaon earlier said that peace is everybody's concern.

"The government cannot do it alone. We need the people's support. We cannot attain development if we do not have peace. Investors will not be persuaded to do business here if their security is at stake," she said.

She furthered that the provincial government has made a good start in finalizing the deal with a big Spanish Company for a palm oil production, and with that of a Chinese firm for cassava production.

"We do not have to spoil what we have started," she added.

In the said meeting, Provincial Director Jimmy Manabat reported that the Province is peaceful, while presence of outlaws is undeniable.

"However, we manage to be in control of the situation," he disclosed. (DXHM-City of Mati-PIA XI) [top]

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