BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 23 (PIA) -- In the recent multi-stakeholders summit on Executive Order No. 70 or the whole-of-nation approach to end local communists armed conflict, Agusan del Norte 1st district representative Maria Angelica Rosedell Amante-Matba gave emphasis on the big role of barangay officials in curbing insurgency problem in the area and achieve peace and development.
"If you want to solve insurgency, help the government; work and do your part as the barangay executive; and know your constituents," Matba told the barangay officials present during the summit held in Butuan City.
Punong barangay Ireneo Lauro of barangay Jaguimitan in the municipality of Nasipit, Agusan del Norte believed that EO 70 is an ultimate solution to end insurgency in the country. "This is now the tool that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has given us, we will implement this to solve insurgency in our area," Lauro said.
Also, Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representative (IPMR) Datu Ronald Manhumosay called on the IPs to unite and support the implementation of EO 70 to live a peaceful and productive life.
Agusan del Norte governor Dale Corvera also encouraged all Caraganons to work together to stop the CPP-NPAs fifty years of chaotic and conflict-causing activities.
"There can be no development without peace, and there can be no peace without development. United effort is all that we need to solve the insurgency problem," said Corvera.
Meanwhile, DILG Agusan del Norte provincial director Ellen Vee Chua is also hopeful that barangay officials will also cooperate in solving insurgency in their area, as they play an important role in the communities and they know best what interventions are needed from the government. (NCLM/PIA Agusan del Norte)