Peace cooperation agreement signed PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 02 August 2014 13:55

The local Government unit, civil society organizations, educational institutions and US-funded agencies have banded together to work at improving community public safety in the city.

The collaboration was formalized in a memorandum of agreement forged yesterday afternoon that will realize the implementation of the Participatory Community Public Safety Planning.

Mayor Beng Climaco spearheaded the signing ceremonies together with Barry Joseph Reed, Chief of Party of the United States Agency for International Development’s Enhancing Governance, Accountability and Engagement (USAID-ENGAGE) Project, which is the convenor of the project. Other signatories are the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) through the Peace and Human Security Institute and the College of Social Work and Community Development, the Ateneo de Zamboanga University through its Center for Leadership and Governance and the Crime Watch Volunteers.

The local government’s participation will be focused on the Barangay Affairs Unit and the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO).

Mayor Climaco stressed anew that security is her administration’s priority and that everything is being done to ensure public safety and security in Zamboanga. She thanked Reed and team from the USAID-ENGAGE project for choosing Zamboanga City for the project involving CSOs and educational institutions and the local government for peace-keeping and crime prevention.

“We want to make our police and military very efficient and active through participatory governance of the barangays,” the mayor said in her message during the signing ceremony at the Garden Orchid Hotel yesterday morning.

The program was conceived to facilitate a systematic and cooperative action among parties in the implementation of school-based peace education project intended to development certificate courses on civic leadership and barangay governance and community extension work intended to build community capacities for public safety and increase resiliency to crime.

MOC is a management tool which seeks to build on the recognized comparative advantages and capacities of each Party and to establish operational modalities to maximize synergies and impact of collaboration.

Among those present during the signing ceremonies, aside from Mayor Climaco and Reed were WMSU President Dr. Milabel Ho, ADZU president Fr. Karel San Juan and Crime Watch Zamboanga president Sonny Boy Cuevas among others. — Sheila Covarrubias