The City Peace 911 will celebrate its first anniversary this coming May 25 with a theme “From Terrorism to Tourism” in Barangay Malabog, Paquibato District.
Meanwhile, in the last City Peace and Order Council (CPOC) meeting, a motion was passed creating the City Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict, as mandated by the national task force.
Brig. Gen. Ernesto Torres Jr., the deputy commander of Eastern Mindanao, told reporters yesterday during the AFP-PNP press briefing that the Peace 911 is an effective mechanism to address the insurgency problem.
“As a move of city mayor, she instructed the legal officer to study the EO so that we can, through the council, already establish the city task force,” he said. “With this, we are looking forward to a more closer coordination to the launching of a more focused program to address the problem of insurgency.”
The principles and mechanisms of Peace 911 were used as a model in implementing the Executive Order 70 or the Whole of Nation Approach in Attaining Inclusive and Sustainable Peace.
The EO reframes and refocuses government policy by recognizing that insurgencies and other armed conflicts are not only military and security concerns, but are symptomatic of broader social, economic and historical problems.
The Peace 911 will mark its anniversary with a program conducted in Barangay Malabog, Paquibato.
“Everybody would be there to really put an end and to bring in lasting peace in Davao City,” he said.
He also said by next month, the city task force to end insurgency should already be in place.
The National Task Force to End National Conflict was created by EO 70. The task force should also be created at regional level, provincial, municipality, and city level. The Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine National Police are a member of the task force.
Torres said the role of the AFP is to defeat the New People’s Army while other agencies, such as the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the National Economic Development Authority, will bring in basic services to improve the lives of the communities.