36th SIPPAD assembly revolves around “Enhancing Road Networks and Peace Building Programs towards Sustainable Peace and Security in the Samar Island”

  • March 16, 2017
  • Ailene N. Diaz

CATARMAN, Northern Samar, 15 March (PIA) – The 36th Samar Island Partnership for Peace and Development (SIPPAD) Assembly anchored a theme fitting to the current issues the government is facing affecting not Samar Island alone but the nation as a whole.

The theme, “Enhancing Road Network and Peace Building Programs towards Sustainable Peace and Security in the Samar Island,” SIPPAD invited three resource speakers to elaborate on specific topic on their respective areas of concern.

One of the speakers,MGen. Raul Farnacio, Commander of 8ID Philippine Army, talked about the Peace and Security Updates and Peace Development Efforts. After presenting in details the security situation covering Samar Island area, its economic indicators, peace and development interventions, among others, MGen. Farnacio emphasized AFP’s development support and security plan “Kapayapaan.”

He stressed that the organization is adapting an approach to security that stresses a triangular linkage between development-governance and security. The idea that drives this triangular approach, according to Farnacio, is that, development can only be achieved in a secured and democratic environment.

In its collaborative actions, there are major elements AFP can do, injected Farnacio, and this include contribution to the promotion of peace and security, specifically, protecting the community from the atrocities of the NPA, and defend vital government installations, actively support law enforcement operations, support to neutralization of lawless elements, dismantling organized crime and private armed groups; support to LGUs anti-drug campaign and rehab programs; support to the enforcement and protection of environmental law and support to the programs on effective delivery of basic services particularly in conflict affected areas.

Peace is the only way forward, said Farnacio, thus, he urged everyone to pursue localized peace dialogue and create a zone of peace particularly in the isolated and depressed area for the people to avail of the basic services of the government.  (ajc/ADiaz/PIA-Northern Samar)


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