Peace and Security
Summit reels off in Eastern Visayas
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– The Local Peace and Security Summit attracted the interest of the
various sectors all over Eastern Visayas, from the government sector,
the non-government organizations, the academe, the indigenous people
and the media.
trooped to the Leyte Park Resort Hotel Convention Center A for a two
day assembly determined to work together to identify the peace and
security concerns in the Region and to formulate a working plan that
would answers the concerns.
No less than Leyte
Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla and Tacloban City Mayor Alfred
Romualdez were at hand to welcome the participants to the two-day
gathering. Other Region 8 officials present were Northern Samar
Governor Raul Daza, Congressman Paul Daza of the first district of
Northern Samar and Calbayog City Mayor and Regional Development
Council of Region 8 chairman Mel Senen Sarmiento.
Council’s Retired General Victor Mayo was at the venue early
supervising that everything is in order. Joining him, is Presidential
Adviser on the Peace Process Hon. Jesus Dureza, Secretary Norberto
Gonzales, Cencom Commander Major General Victor Ibrado, Major Gen.
Armando Cunanan, commanding officer of the 8th Infantry Division of
the Philippine Army and PRO 8 Regional Director Abner Cabalquinto.
Hon. Francisco Mier,
Assistant Director General of the National Security Council provided
the participants an overview of the Local Peace and Security Assembly.
Mayor Mel Senen
Sarmiento presented a comprehensive report on the role of Region 8 in
a First World Philippines while Congressman Paul Daza talked about the
roads to peace: Key to Samar’s Development.
In order to provide
the participants a complete overview of the Region, Col. Raoul Reyes,
Commanding officer of the 802nd Infantry Battalion of the 8th ID
discussed the insurgency situation in Region 8 while Police Chief
Superintendent Abner Cabalquinto of the Philippine National Police
Regional Office 8 presented the Region’s peace and order situation.
The morning session
also featured Mrs. Maria Lourdes Lagman’s, a former rebel’s point of
view on returning to the mainstream of society.
The updates on the
Philippine Comprehensive Peace Process was discussed by Presidential
Adviser on the Peace Process Hon. Jesus Dureza while the Challenge of
Peace to Leadership was presented by National Security Adviser Hon.
Norberto B. Gonzales.
While the participants
were having a workshop, Secretary Gonzales and the guests answered the
questions of the local media during a three hour press conference, the
longest press conference ever held in Tacloban as many of the media
presented the workshop outputs early evening which shows that they
really were interested in achieving peace and security in the Region.
The action plan
will be presented to the President during the closing ceremonies on