SULTAN KUDARAT (Region 12), Philippines — A young engineer of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) joined with other peacemakers in citing their “pledge of commitment” to support the peace initiatives initiated by the Municipality of Columbio, the provincial government of Sultan Kudarat and the national government.
Engr. Anwar Talungon, who represented the first district engineering office of the DPWH in Sultan Kudarat province, joined with Mayor Edwin Bermudez of LGU-Columbio and other heads and representatives of the regional and provincial offices in swearing their pledge of commitments during the “Serbisyo Caravan” held at the Old Bantangan Elementary School in Lasak, one of Columbio’s far-flung barangays last Friday (Nov. 20).
“We hereby commit ourselves to support the whole of nation initiatives in attaining inclusive and sustainable peace in the Municipality of Columbio, province of Sultan Kudarat through partnership and convergence of resources and development programs in conflict-affected and vulnerable communities.”
The participating officials also pledge their commitments “to adopt principles, implement policies, plans and programs that will address the root causes of insurgency, internal disturbances and tensions as well as other armed conflicts and terrorist threats identified. So help us God.”
The citing of the said “pledge of commitment” was led by Municipal Councilor Datu Zahir Mamalinta, who is also acting as the Executive Assistant to Mayor Bermudez.
DPWH-Sultan Kudarat First District Engineering Office is among the government agencies invited by Columbio Mayor Bermudez and Sultan Kudarat Governor Suharto “TENG” Mangudadatu to participate to its “Serbisyo Caravan” that aimed to bring the government services and programs closer to the people.
The “Serbisyo Caravan” is part of the launching of the Retooled Community Support Program (RCSP), a convergence of national government agencies and local government units aimed at providing comprehensive development initiatives in communities that have been cleared of the influence of the communist terrorist group through the military-led Community Support Program. (ABDUL CAMPUA)