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Peace gathering to be held in Davao City

by RG Alama

Davao City (26 June) -- About 250 participants coming from different people's organizations (POs) and local government units (LGUs), civil society organizations and other peace advocacy groups from all over Mindanao will converge in Davao City for a one-day peace gathering.

Slated this July 1 at the Garden Oases Resort in Barrio Obrero in Davao City, the event is part of the Rebuilding pathways towards Integral Peace and Development for the Uprooted People of Mindanao, also known as ACTION-REPAIR Project.

ACTION-REPAIR is a 24 months capability-building project aimed to improve the socio-economic situation of the uprooted people as a mechanism to regain opportunities lost during natural and human-made disasters while strengthening their defense and resiliency to factors that leads to their recurrent displacement.

The project hopes to accomplish in the affected end-results such as sustainable agriculture and livelihood, agro-forestry, housing, water system development, disaster mitigation and preparedness, health and nutrition, stress and tension reduction therapies, literacy and numeracy, peace building and capacity building.

The project started last July 2007 and will end on June in 2009. it is implemented in 39 communities in the five regions of Mindanao covering eight provinces, 14 municipalities, one city and 26 barangays with a total of 4,648 Moro, Lumad and Christian families or approximately 28,932 individuals.

The peace gathering will be graced by Davao City Vice-Mayor Sarah Duterte plus local chief executives of the covered provinces and municipalities; while party-list representatives Luz Ilagan and Satur Ocampo are among the invited national officials. (PIA XI) [top]

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