By Roi Lomotan
NEGROS ORIENTAL (PIA) – The province’s current peace and order situation has helped the province achieve a vibrant economy.
Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo said this in his message before employees of the provincial government as well as officers of the provincial police office during the flag-raising ceremony held yesterday at Freedom Park, Capitol Area, Dumaguete City.
The flag-raising ceremony is the kick-off activity for the celebration of the National Consciousness Month this September.
“Our economy became vibrant. A lot of investors have put their confidence in the province because we already addressed peace and order (issues),” Degamo stressed.
“I am happy to inform everyone that because our province is generally peaceful, we have been the top two tourist destination in Central Visayas,” he added.
The governor also disclosed that the employment situation of the province also improved because of its current peace and order situation.
To recall, Negros Oriental has been declared as a conflict-manageable and development-ready province in 2014.
This means that the insurgency level in the province is at manageable level and it no longer poses a threat to the development of the province.
Gov. Degamo said this achievement is attributed to the collaborative efforts of various stakeholders and by the means of providing government services to the people in the hinterlands and in the conflict areas.
“We will continue this because we are on the right direction in addressing peace and order in the province,” Gov. Degamo remarked.
Aside from Degamo, heads from different law enforcement agencies also gave messages for the observance of the National Peace Consciousness Month.
Sr. Supt. Dionardo Carlos, officer in charge and chief of the provincial police office, encouraged everyone to do their share in preserving, protecting, pursuing, and promoting lasting peace.
For those who are working in the law enforcement sector, Sr. Supt. Carlos told them to “perform our duties with justice and respect for human rights as we uphold the rule of law.”
Meanwhile, Col. Allan Martin, Commander of the 303nd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army based here, said he is hoping that province would no longer celebrate Peace Month because everything is already peaceful.
The event ended with a signing of Peace Wall of Commitment where Gov. Degamo and other provincial officials affixed their signature.
Aside from this, they also released white balloons to express their commitment to support peace.
This year’s Peace Consciousness Month carries the theme “Sama-samang Isulong, Panatilihin at Pag-igtingin ang Kapayapaan sa Ating Inang Bayan.”
Activities for this month’s celebration include Run for Peace, Peace Forum, Art Exhibit for Peace and a motorcade. (rmn/ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was first published at PIA website on Sept. 2, 2015)