Davao City peace body meeting set on Oct. 24

THE first meeting of the Davao City Peace Committee (DC-Peace) on the localized peace talks is set on October 24.

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, in an interview after the Davao City Peace and Order Council (CPOC) on Thursday, October 19, said October 24, is the only day wherein all the appointed members are available.

"Naglisud mi ug gather sa mga members kay daghan sa ilaha dunay trips abroad so ang pinaka-first na nakuha namo nga tanan sila naa sa Davao City is on October 24 in the morning (We had a hard time gathering the members because many of them have trips abroad; so the first schedule we got where they can be present in Davao City is in the morning of October 24)," she said.

Duterte-Carpio said the committee will discuss how to incorporate the Comprehensive Local Integration Program (Clip) program of the Department of Interior and Local Government (Clip) and the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (Oppap) to the localized peace talks.

"This will be one of the things that will be discussed during the first meeting of the DC-Peace," Duterte-Carpio said.

The primary intention of the Clip is to give financial assistance to rebel surrenderers.

Duterte-Carpio said aside from Clip, the committee will also discuss their one-year plan as the committee is only given one year by the mayor to have fruitful talks with the New People's Army.

Duterte-Carpio previously named retired judge Ridgeway Tanjili as the chair of the DC-Peace.

The named committee members are Maria Luisa Bermudo of the City Social Services and Development Office, Lawyer Elisa Lapina of the City Legal Office, Barangay Malabog Chief Jessielito Areja, and Archbishop Romulo Valles of the Catholic Church.
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