Gov urges mayors to strengthen peace and security measures in towns, city

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DAVAO ORIENTAL – Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang has urged the mayors of all towns and city of the province to strengthen peace and security efforts in their respective local government units.

During the meeting of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines Davao Oriental Chapter on November 16 at the Provincial Capitol, Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang pointed out the importance of supporting the police and military forces’ capacity in undertaking their peacekeeping operations, particularly in those areas vulnerable to insurgencies. “We need to assure our people of their safety because that is our major priority and our responsibility as local chief executives,” said Governor Dayanghirang.

The league of mayors, headed by its president Mayor Nestor Uy, in response, unanimously adopted a resolution aimed at protecting the interest of the people. Sponsored by San Isidro Mayor Justina Yu, the mayors have agreed to push strategies ‘that will denounce illegal activities and other forms of harassments perpetrated by lawless armed groups in different barangays in Davao Oriental’.

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The mayors are convinced that the situation can become alarming if LGUs will not mobilize modalities to address the urgent concern on peace.

Meanwhile, recognizing that delivery of basic services are needed in order to win the trust and support of the people, especially in the hinterlands, Governor Dayanghirang urged the mayors to support the Provincial Government’s Serbisyo Caravan set to be launched this month. The program aims to provide services to far-flung communities, especially to those areas vulnerable to insurgencies and armed conflicts.

Dubbed as Nagkakaisang Lingkod-Bayan ng Davao Oriental Barangay Outreach Caravan, the initiative is touted to become a regular program of the Provincial Government that thrusts to promote peace by bringing in government services closer to the people. Governor Dayanghirang, who strongly pushed for the project, said he wants the people, especially those in remote villages that are often affected by armed conflicts, to feel the government’s presence along with its genuine desire to reach out to them by providing the most basic services.

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Starting off in the most depressed areas in the province, the Philippine Army will take charge in the identification of areas to be prioritize as well as the priority needs of the communities through the Needs Assessment Survey that the military has conducted. The said activity will tap the participation and will pool resources of government agencies, LGUs, and Non-Government Organizations, among many others.

Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Provincial Director Yvette T. Sunga expressed the need to maintain strong and broad relationship between the local government units and the national line agencies through concerted efforts not only to address insurgencies but also the national issue on drug trafficking. 

She also emphasized the significance of peace and order efforts as one of the parameters being gauged by the department to pass the DILG’s Seal of Good Local Governance. Just recently, the Province of Davao Oriental, along with its six municipalities have passed the SGLG, making Davao Oriental the province with most number of passers in the region. By PIO, Photo by Eden Jhan Licayan

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