QUEZON CITY, Nov. 19 (PIA)--The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) simultaneously conducted various events during the launching of Capacitating Urban Communities for Peace and Development Program at the different areas in Metro Manila.
CUCPD aims to foster development by creating peaceful communities through enhanced access to basic services, local peace dialogues and promotion of welfare of sectoral groups.
IN QUEZON CITY
DILG Secretary Eduardo Ano, together with key officials of the NCR Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC) and Quezon City government launched the CUCPD) Program held at the Quezon Memorial Circle with more than 2,000 government employees and members of the professional sector in attendance.
In his message, Ano expressed gratitude to those who are supporting the program of the government in terms of promoting peace, like the Quezon City Government.
However, Ano pointed out that there are existing elements who sow distrust against the government, use the issue of injustice, inequality, corruption, and bad governance to destroy the lives of the civilians.
Ano called for public's support in the government's efforts to promote lasting peace not only in the region but throughout the nation.
"We need each other to push for just and lasting peace, it may entail sacrifices but it will be for the benefit of our country," Ano said.
He also challenged the LGUs to guarantee smooth and efficient delivery of basic social services and to innovate more ways in promoting socio economic and eco-friendly development in their respective cities.
"You are expected to enact laws and ordinance that could promote peace, security, development in your city.
Furthermore, he encouraged the LGUs to adopt the best practices of other LGUs in governance, rule of law and the promotion of discipline..
He reminded the public to be vigilant to immediately report to the proper authorities should they find any issues of corruption and other irregularities in the government by calling 8888 as well as accidents and crimes through 911.
The CUCPD event in Quezon City was also attended by QC Vice Mayor Gian Carlo G. Sotto representing Mayor Joy Belmonte, DILG Undersecretary Marivel Sacendoncillo, NCRPO chief P/Brig. Gen. Debold Sinas and some AFP officials.
EASTERN METRO MANILA
The CUCPD event in Eastern NCR, hosted by Mandaluyong City was attended by members of the youth sector from the City itself and those from the cities of Marikina, San Juan,Pasig.
Mandaluyong City Mayor Menchie Abalos pledge the city government's support in pursuit of peace and order and development in Metro Manila.
DILG City Director Patrick John Megia explained the 'Whole-of-Nation'
Approach in ending local communist armed conflict in the country by emphasizing the need for unity and strong alliance building to address social issues in the metropolis.
In a message read by Megia, Local government Secretary Eduardo Ano, pointed out that peace is everyone's concern and responsibility adding that peace and prosperity can't be attained by government without, and that help and participation by other sectors is an important factor in attaining just and lasting peace.
Addressing the youth, Police Colonel Remigio Sedanto, head of the Mandaluyong City Police Office briefed the participants on the various tactics being used by the left leaning groups to encourage students and other members of the youth sector to join them and revolt against the government.
Urban poor groups from Pateros, the lone municipality in Metro Manila and the cities of Makati, Taguig, Pasay, Muntinlupa, Las Pinas gathered in an event hosted by the city government of Paranaque.
The event, aptly called Serbisyo Caravan for Peace & Development in Urban Poor Communities brought together various government agencies to dispense their respective services closer to the people.
Cresencia Alcantara, 63 years old, came all the way from Las Pinas with her neighbor to avail of free medicines that will be given during the caravan.
"Magkatabi lamang naman ang Paranaque at Las Pinas, kaya sinamantala ko nang pumarito, noong mabalitaan ko na may gaganaping caravan dito," she said.
"May kamahalan ang mga gamot ngayon, lalo na iyong mga gamut pang maintenance, kaya mahalaga sa amin ang ganitong mga pagkakataon na nailalapit sa amin ang mga serbisyo ng gobyerno," she added.
A mini job fair and various livelihood skills crash courses to teach interested participants were also conducted during the caravan.
Most liked among the services are the free medical consultation and free medicines conducted by the medical personnel from the Paranaque Health Department.
Mayor Edwin Olivarez, also the current chair of the Regional Peace & Order Council briefed the participants that End Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC) started when Presdent Rodrigo Duterte issued Executive Order No. 70 that institutionalizes the whole-of-nation approach in attaining inclusive and sustainable peace.
The mayor cautioned the participants who are predominantly from the urban poor sector to be wary of those who approach them in the guise of helping but are actually recruiting them as part of a left leaning group.
"Iyan mga isyu ng hinggil sa lupa at illegal vendors ang madalas sakyan ng mga makakaliwa," the mayor said.
Olivarez also appealed to the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to be vigilant and guide their students well because of some instances wherein left leaning groups target these students as subject of their recruitment activities.
Meanwhile, DILG Spokesperson, Usec Jonathan Malaya said, good governance is one of the solutions to end insurgency.
He said that in line with this, DILG is pushing for the "Disiplina Muna" a government-wide national advocacy campaign for a culture of discipline.
He further explained that the campaign aims to activate the real concept of governance where the citizenry is aware of their roles and responsibilities and practice active citizen participation.
"Let us be vigilant, observe the rule of law, kung meron responsibilidad ang pamahalaan, meron din responsibilidad ang mga mamamayan," Malaya said.
"Hindi po magagawa lahat ng pamahalaan, kailangan ang pakikipagtulungan ng mga mamamayan. We must ignite the bayanihan spirit in public service," Malaya added.
In Northern Metro Manila, the CUPD event hosted by the City government of Valenzuela was attended by the members of the labor sector from the cities of Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas and the host city.
DILG-Navotas City Director Sudi G. Valencia said the event aims to strengthen cooperation between the government and different sectors of society in the fight against those who threatens peace and order in Metro Manila.
He further explain that though no armed struggle happens in the National Capital Region (NCR), left leaning groups do their recruitment activities here, that is why Metro Manila is considered a "white area".
Sugi stressed that through CUCPD, good governance mechanisms will be strengthened in order to address various issues that plague the different sectors of society that in effect hindered the attainment of just and lasting peace.
According to Sugi, CUCPD is anchored on the 'whole-of-nation" approach that means everybody's help is considered important and will be used in the delivery of services.
He said part of the program is the conduct of Serbisyo Caravan and Adopt-A-Barangay that aim to bring government services closer to the people. (PIA-NCR)