Dialogue among POs, peace officers gain positive result

SAN JOSE, Antique Feb 9 (PIA) - -  The dialogue among people’s organization and the members of the Philippine National Police and the Philippine Army gained positive results to settle issues confronting the upland farmers in Sibalom, Antique.

Police Major Benjo Clarite, during the dialogue, emphasized to the representatives of the upland farmers who are mostly barangay officials that the government is doing its best to support them importantly to secure the peace and order in their locality.

The reason why EO 70 or the Whole-of-Nation approach to end local communist and armed conflict is being implemented is to bring government services closer to them.

He urged them to support the initiatives of the government and be the solution to the problem of insurgency and other issues in the community.

Clarite also reminded them of their responsibility as members of the organization and as barangay officials as well, where the powers of government were lodged in them.

On part of the Philippine Army, 1Lt. Elezar Poquiz, Philippine Army Commanding Officer of the 61st Infantry Battalion Charlie Company, emphasized the partnership of the community and the peace keeping forces and other agencies of government to attain sustainable peace and order.

He said that the Citizens Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU) detachment in barangay Bulalacao, Sibalom is the extension unit of the Philippine Armyis  that helping them maintain the peace and order in the upland community.

Poquiz enjoined the barangay officials to have a good working relationship with the detachment peacekeeping officers.

Marilou R. LLavan, Executive Director of the Antique Human Development Program (AHDP), appreciated the responses of the representatives of
the Philippine Army and the Philippine National Police to the peace and order concerns of the upland farmers in Sibalom, supported by AHDP.

The leaders of the organization appealed to government forces to also consider their livelihood of working in the uplands growing coffee, peanuts, beans, banana, abaca, livestock and poultry growers, honey gatherers among other livelihoods that sustain their family and send their children to school.

Both the Philippine Army and the PNP assured them of their security, however,  urged them to always bring with them their identification cards or coordinate with the PNP and PA in cases of community events in the uplands.

The dialogue was co-facilitated by the Strategic Communication Cluster of the Task Force ELCAC in Antique led by Philippine Information Agency in Antique. (JBG/PSM/PIA-Antique) 



Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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