OPAV eyes ‘Purok Power’ to be adopted by region

The Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas (OPAV) revealed that it intended to bring the Bohol Purok Power Movement (PPM) template to the entire Visayas, as the region sets up a defense system that would lay the footing for development here.

OPAV Assistant Secretary Atty. Gerald Anthony Gonzales bared this to the acknowledging applause of Boholanos during the regional launching of the National Crime Prevention Week last week at the Bohol Cultural Center.

The PPM is a community development program strategy which capacitates communities to empower themselves to create ways to meet their socio-economic needs, security and other issued in the spirit of convergence.

Along with frontline government agencies, communities seek answers to their issues in health and sanitation, education, technology, agriculture, food security, tourism, livelihood, peace and order, land and natural resources utilization and protection, and sectoral services.

At purok power-served communities in Bohol, people have been handheld to have better and more informed decisions while becoming more aware that development can only thrive in areas where conflicts do not stray.

Along this line, OPAV rallies Visayas too, to be like Bohol and go beyond barriers of geography, culture, creed, language and regionalism to stand behind the proud banner of One Visayas.

Separated by distance, Boholanos still worked as one to bring an end to the terrorism threat last April when armed bandits attempted to sow terror here.

One Visayas, according to OPAV Assistant Secretary lawyer Gerald Anthony Gonzales is a policy direction of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.

Picking itself up after a harrowing experience of chasing armed bandit members of the Abu Sayyaf, since then Visayans and its leaders formed a cohesive bond realizing that nobody can let down its watch if it were to sustain its development.

Speaking for Presidential Assistant to the Visayas Michael Dino, Asec. Gonzales informed Boholanos attending the regional launching of the National Crime Prevention week at the Bohol Cultural center August 31, that the vision for One Visayas means inter-connectivity among provinces, cities and municipalities.

Going about this however entails bridging islands through infrastructure as well as bridging communities through a mutual task of making the region a safe place.

This,  Gonzales said would bring mutual development for all regions in an effort to shepherd the next model of development in the Visayas.

Sharing the government plans, the OPAV talked about dispersion where the government scatters government services and programs throughout the region, never concentrating development in areas already choking with economic activity.

With the development and equal opportunity for all, we can bring a comfortable life for all Filipinos, he said.

This is now our challenge, to sustain our efforts and step up our game in crime prevention, Gonzales said even as he added that the President needs help in waging war against drugs, criminality and lawlessness. (PIA)



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