By Martin A. Sadongdong
Surigao City, Surigao del Norte – The delivery of basic services to the people, especially to those belonging in the most remote areas, is one way to achieve lasting peace as it discourages the most common forms of violence which lead to violent extremism.
This was pointed out by Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) Undersecretary Diosita Andoy in a press conference here yesterday at the Surigao City Hall, which was a latest stopover of the agency’s Peace Buzz nationwide caravan.
“Even if we recieve reports that this armed group is fighting against the government, their families, their communities are still Filipinos. We also deliver services to them to make sure that they still feel government support even if the situation is not so good in their barangays,” Andoy said.
Sr. Supt. Anthony Maghari, Surigao City Police Director, said that they continue to receive “infrequent threats,” particularly in remote areas in the mountains, and this has been the police’s major concern.
“Karamihan po ng mga natatanggap namin na reports ay galing sa mga kabundukan. Nanununog ng heavy equipments at mga properties so we are doing our best to coordinate with the Armed Forces (of the Philippines) to resolve this issue,” Maghari told the Manila Bulletin.
Andoy said the failure to deliver basic necessities to the public could trigger the most simple form of criminality and violence.