Guv hits Opapp for pact signing delay-A A +A
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
NEGROS Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. scored the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (Opapp) for the delayed signing of the closure agreement with the Revolutionary Proletarian Army (RPA).
He pointed out that Opapp had promised the signing of the closure agreement with the RPA since last year, but up to this time, it did not happen.
Representatives from the Opapp were at the Capitol on Tuesday.
The governor said meetings are a waste of time especially that Opapp sent only its representatives.
"They talked about the MILF (Moro Islamic Liberation Front) so I told them that we are only interested with the closure agreement with the RPA-ABB," Marañon said.
He also told the Opapp representatives to inform their boss of the province's concern for the signing of the closure agreement with the RPA.
Marañon, who was obviously disappointed with the progress of the closure agreement, said the Opapp representatives conveyed several reasons why the signing of the closure agreement could not be held yet.
The government had conducted a socio-economic profiling of members of the Rebolusyonaryong Partido ng Manggagawa ng Pilipinas-Revolutionary Proletarian Army-Alex Boncayao Brigade (RPMP-RPA-ABB) to determine appropriate livelihood and other development interventions for their communities.
Opappa Undersecretary Luisito Montalbo said the series of profiling held in Negros and Panay islands for the former combatants belonging to the Tabara-Paduano Group of the RPMP-RPA-ABB is almost finished since last year.
"A total of 495 TPG members were profiled on October 20-30. Negros Occidental accounted for 358 members, while Negros Oriental and Panay Island (Iloilo, Antique and Aklan) have 50 and 87 members profiled," he said.
After the profiling, the Opapp has not released any news pertaining to the closure agreement.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 04, 2013.