January 22, 2020

Davao City – DILG XI in close coordination with Peace 911 of the City Government of Davao conducted a forum entitled “Forum on Positive Peace” on January 9, 2020 at the Grand Men Seng Hotel, here. The activity is in relation to the continuing efforts of the Department to support the EO No. 70 series of 2018 known as Institutionalizing the Whole-of-Nation Approach in attaining Inclusive and Sustainable Peace, Creating a National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC) and Directing the Adoption of a National Peace Framework.

It was attended by DILG top officials headed by DILG, Undersecretary for Local Government - Marivel C. Sacendoncillo, USEC Martin B. Dino, USEC Rico Echiverri, ASEC Alex Macario, Asec Florida Dijan, DILG Regional Directors from Regions I-XIII including NCR and CAR, Bureau Directors, Asst. Bureau and Regional Directors, City Director, Provincial Directors, POC Focal Persons, City/Barangay Peace 911 members, Department Heads of Davao City, Governors, Media, Punong Barangays of Paquibato District, Officers of AFP and PNP, Indigenous Peoples, CSOs, Ateneo de Davao University, PLDT, SMART, Davao City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte and others. A total of 260 participants registered in the event.

The activity started at around 9:45 in the morning with a welcome remarks delivered by Davao City Mayor Hon. Sara Z. Duterte-Carpio and DILG Undersecretary for Local Government Marivel C. Sacendoncillo, CESO III.

In her welcome message, Mayor Duterte-Carpio shared how she grew up knowing Paquibato District, with all its barangays, as an NPA territory. When she became the leader in the City, it was her dream to make the place peaceful so she organized a committee, searched for the right person to help her find the solution to achieve peace in Paquibato. She thanked God that she was guided to the dedicated members of the committee.

Eventually the committee was named Peace 911 and was launched in 2018. Following the concerted effort of stakeholders, development improvements were noted in the lives of the people at Paquibato District. Extortion problem ended and for the first time in so many years, it was only in 2019 that no collection for permit to campaign was collected from those who wanted to run for government positions. Accordingly, “the success of Peace 911 lies in listening to the needs and sentiments of the citizens and its communities”.

On the other hand, USEC Sacendoncillo said that in realizing President Rody Duterte’s dream of a peaceful nation – whole of Nation, positive peace and the effective implementation of EO 70 will be the instruments. She also hoped that Peace 911 experience can be recreated and adopted in other places. She ended by saying that “It started with a dream, no one can do it alone, tataya tayong lahat, siguradong mananalo tayo pag tayong lahat ang tataya”.

Ms. Irene M. Santiago, Peace Adviser to the Davao City Mayor, formally introduced the Guest of Speaker from the Institute for Economics and Peace.

Charles Allen, the Director of Partnerships of the Institute for Economics and Peace based in Australia, who was the guest speaker, discussed the importance of positive peace, Global Peace Index Indicators, trends and peace and benefits of positive peace, among others.

The Institute for Economics and Peace is a research institute dedicated to building a greater understanding of the key drivers of peace. The research is used extensively by international organizations/institutions such as United Nations, World Bank, European Union, Commonwealth Secretariat, among others.

Positive Peace as he defined is the “attitudes, institutions and structures” that create and sustain peaceful societies. It provides the optimal environment for the human potential to flourish.

As emphasize during the lecture, the 8 Benefits of Positive Peace are the following;

  1. Well-functioning government
  2. Sound Business Environment
  3. Equitable Distribution of Resources
  4. Acceptance of the Rights of Others
  5. Good relations with neighbors
  6. Free flow of information
  7. High level of Human Capital
  8. Low level of Corruption