DavOr Targets Zero Insurgency In 2018

From L to R: Governor Nelson Dayanghirang, Brigadier General Reuben Basiao, and DILG Provincial Director Yvette Sunga.

“It is attainable if we join forces and move together to finally achieve lasting peace”.

This was the reaction of Gov. Nelson Dayanghirang to the report of the Philippine Army in the Joint Provincial Peace and Order Council and Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council Meeting held just recently at Lanes Kita-anan, that the province’s ultimate goal this year is to be insurgency-free.

The Philippine Army said that the soldiers are doing their best to achieve the goal for the people of Davao Oriental.

Though the presence of the security threat in the province is undeniable, the province remains to be conflict manageable.

The Council also adopted a resolution from the executive committee of the council expressing support to move the peace talks but not the ceasefire.

The said resolution was pursued by the Liga ng mga Barangay Davao Oriental Federation under the headship of Liga Pres. Rustan Castillones.

Governor Nelson Dayanghirang

Moreover, Governor Dayanghirang is happy that his flagship program, the Nagkakaisang  Lingkod Bayan ng Davao Oriental – Barangay Outreach Caravan has become an avenue to showcase the services of the government and has already convinced rebels to go back to the fold of the law.

The Davao Oriental Police Provincial Office, through Police Superintendent Ariel Nueva, outlined their accomplishments, their continuing and untiring pursuit against illegal drugs, illegal gambling, and all sorts of criminalities.

Police Superintendent Ariel Nueva

In the fight against illegal drugs, the Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (PADAC), under the helm of Mr. Art Benjie Bulaong, through a very comprehensive power point presentation, reported the undertakings of the Council to also achieve a drug-free Davao Oriental.


The PADAC is giving all the necessary support needed by the municipal disasters coordinating councils to be declared as drug cleared local government units.

“We really want to fast-track the compliance to the process. We have to heed to the call of the Governor,” Bulaong said.

True enough, the painstaking efforts paid off as Davao Oriental takes the lead in the barangay drug clearing operations, with 8 municipalities from the province declared as drug-free, from the 12 drug cleared LGU’s in the Davao Region.

However, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Davao Oriental Chief IA3 Rey Pavillar emphasized that drug cleared local government units must not rest on their laurels, continue and even strengthen the gains they have attained.

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Davao Oriental Chief IA3 Rey Pavillar

“Strict monitoring should continue to ensure that the dependents will not go back to drug addiction, otherwise the drug-free declaration will be revoked,” he cautioned.

Gov. Nelson Dayanghirang has reiterated time and again that there is no future in drugs, so the best way to obtain that future is to stop so that life will not be wasted.

“We all live in one province, in Davao Oriental, so who else but us will help each other in making Davao Oriental a beautiful place, exuding with beauty, rich biodiversity, and prosperity,” he concluded. By: Ms. Neela G. Duallo



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