Calbayog City now a
Manageable Conflict-affected and Development-ready Area
By DPAO, 8ID PA
July 10, 2014
CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar
– In a ceremony conducted on July 9, 2014 at Calbayog City Convention
Center, the Peace and Order Council (POC) of Calbayog City declared
the city as Manageable Conflict-affected and Development-ready (MCADR).
The ceremony was attended by
Hon. Ronaldo P. Aquino, Mayor of Calbayog City; Rev. Niceas Abenoja of
Calbayog City Diocese; Ms. Imelda C. Bonifacio, PAMANA Regional
Manager of the Office of the Presidential Assistant for Peace Process;
BGen. Wilson M. Leyva AFP, Commander 801st Infantry Brigade, other
local officials of Calbayog City and military and police officers. The
declaration of the City as MCADR was a symbol of desire of the
Calbayognon’s for peace and progress.
The declaration means that
the basic issues that beset the people were already addressed by the
City and concerned government agencies. It also means that the NPA
rebel’s interference to the economic activity in the City is already
negligible and can be easily address by the PNP.
Commenting on the
declaration of Calbayog City as MCADR, Brig. Gen. Leyva said, “We
should recognize the effort of all the barangay chairmen of Calbayog
City, the POC, the PNP, our soldiers and the people in the barangays
for without them and their contribution, the much awaited declaration
of Calbayog city as MCADR could not have been possible.”
“The joint effort of the
stakeholders depicted the treasured tradition of the Filipino people
which is the true spirit of working together or “Bayanihan”. Let us
not rest in our laurels, let us sustain the momentum, let us continue
what we started and do not let the peace that we worked for be taken
from our grasp again,” Leyva added.