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Gov't tries novel approach to insurgency in Samar

By Ninfa B Quirante

Catbalogan City (February 12) -- Lt. Col Bonifacio Cebrian, Jr of the 46th IB believes an integrated and collaborative effort of both government and non-government would solve insurgency.

Gathering 500 barangay folks to attend a Civilian Volunteer Organization (CVO) awareness seminar on February 8-9, 2008, Cebrian with Mayor Nancy Grey of San Jorge addressed the crowd and offered the services to the people.

The CVO seminar, said Cebrian in his speech was designed as part of the continuing education of rural folks in all aspects like health, anti-logging, environment, governance and development for the 41 barangays in San Jorge.

Cebrian, is new in the area and said he is still in the process getting acquainted with his peers in both the government and the religious sector.

Fr. Zita, the parish priest was one of those given the privilege to share spiritual nuggets to the barangay folks of San Jorge.

Though a strategic plan has been laid, Cebrian said he is still in the process of consultation how best his command can solve the prevailing insurgency in this part of Samar.

As one of the strategy of the army, he also intends to visit these barangays and assist them in whatever way for development.

Cebrian believes that the convergence of government and non government interventions to better the plight of the poor Samareno lured by the rebels would be one of the best solutions to insurgency. He has praises for the mayors of his AOR whom he said has given him the commitment to support in his campaign against insurgency.

He added he will be doing the same activity in all the towns in his OAR.

Meanwhile, in a related development, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said peace will bring a new era of economic development to Mindanao

PGMA has reiterated her 2010 "timeline to end armed rebellion" as she stressed during the Local Peace and Security Assembly (LPSA) in Region XI in Mindanao that "peace will bring a new era of economic development to Mindanao."

In her speech before some 400 multisectoral participants in the Regional LPSA, the President explained her administration's peace formula for Mindanao, as in other parts of the country: "At a time when hard power has not proven its value in the world, our model for dealing with the flashpoint area of Mindanao has focused on a unique combination of soft and hard power to promote peace."

"We have been able to meld together confidence-building measures grounded on strong interfaith dialogue and cultural awareness; investments in economic and basic infrastructure development; and mutual security arrangements to keep the peace in Mindanao," the President said. (PIA-Samar) [top]

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