DILG-7: Civic orgs unite in regional confab for peace and development

July 9, 2021

Different civic organizations in Central Visayas recently convened Regional Conference for Peace and Development (RCPD) at the Cebu Technological University -Danao Campus in Danao City, Cebu to discuss peace-related concerns and plans with the government, said the Department of the Interior and Local Government- Region 7.

DILG Undersecretary Epimaco Densing III, who graced the event, stressed that the government needs participation from sectors in carrying out programs since no country would prosper without the active participation of its people.

“We heard your presentations, we heard what’s in your heart, and we heard your concerns that needed action from the government. In the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, we listen to the people,” said Densing in his keynote speech.

Meanwhile, DILG-7 Regional Director Leocadio T. Trovela said that during the two-day event, sector leaders and government representatives crafted their respective action plans to address the issues and concerns on peace and development agenda.

“It is crucial to establish a genuine platform for advocacy and legitimate concerns of the sectors to effectively address gaps in governance and have an idea of what interventions and policy recommendations can help,” Trovela said.

Travela explained that the RCPD is the first phase of Sectoral Unification, Capacity-Building Empowerment and Mobilization Cluster (SUCBEM) flagship program for State of the Nation Address (SONA) Campaign Plan 2021.

He said the next phase will be the preparatory work for the formulation of peace and development agenda that will be used for crafting the Social Reform Agenda of the Basic Sectors.

SUCBEM Cluster is one of the 12 clusters of the Regional Task Force on Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC). Said cluster aims is to engage, unify, capacitate, empower and mobilize all sectors of the society to be free and resistant to infiltrations activities.

Among the key DILG personnel who took part in the said event are DILG Undersecretary Marjorie Jalosjos, DILG-7 Provincial Director Jhoaden G. Lucero, and officials from the regional line agencies.

Representatives from Indigenous Peoples (IPs), Labor, Farmer & Fisherfolk, Peasant, Youth, Women’s and Urban Poor represented their respective civic organizations and thoroughly tackled their concerns for possible government intervention within the framework of peace and development.