Aquino orders three cabinet secretaries to pursue peace and order plan in Mindanao, provide assistance to displaced residents

October 28, 2011 10:45 pm 

MANILA, Oct. 28 –Upon orders of President Benigno S. Aquino III, three concerned cabinet secretaries of the government are presently in Mindanao to attend to a series of meetings with the peace and order councils there, assess the situation and provide the needs of those who were displaced due to the military operations in the area.

In a press briefing at the Palace, Friday, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said that Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman and Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Secretary Teresita “Ging” Delez are presently in Zamboanga Sibugay to pursue the government’s peace and order plan and provide assistance to the locals in the affected area.

“Secretaries Jesse Robredo, Dinky Soliman and Ging Delez are presently in Zamboanga Sibugay and they just came from Basilan where they had a fruitful meeting with the peace and order council,” Lacierda said.

“Secretary Dinky Soliman gave two million pesos to the Basilan governor for the cash for work program, as you know we are also providing assistance to displaced citizens there,” he said.

Apart from their meeting with the peace and order council in Zamboanga Sibugay, Lacierda bared that the government will also provide a total of P10 million covering the five municipalities for the ‘cash for work’ program that would involve those who will be tasked to rebuild and reconstruct the communities for the immediate return of the people affected in the said areas.

Aside from the cash assistance, the government has also prepared at least one million food packs for the displaced families.

“We are also facilitating the quick return of displaced families to their places of origin ensuring that the DSWD through the LGUs that their needs are met …that is the reason why we have provided the cash for work program and also the relief assistance,” he said.

Lacierda said that the government is exerting efforts to ensure the involvement of local government units’ in the administration’s plan for peace and progress in Mindanao.

Coinciding with these rebuilding efforts in the affected areas Lacierda assured that the government will still continue to pursue the lawless elements in the area, who are not necessarily members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

The past week, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) launched operations against lawless elements and to secure the areas where skirmishes occurred. (PNA) RMA/PCOO/ssc

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