Lack of economic access a silent security threat — Soliven PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 05 July 2013 11:03

Zamboanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Inc (ZCCIFI) President Pedro Rufo “Pocholo” N. Soliven was invited to speak on the business perspective and its role in the peace and security concerns in the city in a 2-day special gathering of respected Muslim, Christian leaders as well as leaders of other religion organized by Silsilah Dialogue Movement headed by Fr. Sebastiano D’Ambra PIME and sponsored by Asia Foundation last July 3 and 4 2013 at the Lantaka Hotel.

Soliven focused his speech on the economic dimension that have both a direct and indirect effects on the peace and security concerns not only in Zamboanga City but the entire Zamboanga Peninsula.

He cited the Family Income Expenditure survey conducted by NSO and NSCB which ranks Zampen Region second to the last, with ARMM (Basilan, Sulu and Tawi Tawi Province) taking the last spot.

“A hungry person, is an angry  person, and a hungry person knows no law...hence access to the economy in the final analysis is the foundation of security,” Soliven said.

“ It’s time to admit that we have a peace and order problem, in doing so, we stop the blame game by asking who cause this to happen?  This question only fixes the blame...  rather we  should asked ourselves , How did we get ourselves into this situation?  By doing so, it fixes the problem.  We have to learn from our past mistakes to move forward towards a more proactive sustainable  solutions,” Soliven emphasized.

“A clear understanding of the local communities stakeholders  in the concept of security that is shared  not just among security forces  and government institutions but also with civil societies, this shared responsibility can only see fruition  from a shared concept  of security, hence creating a broad based peace and security constituency, its an indivisible efforts toward its attainment, that must be shared by all, our law enforcers and our local government cannot singlehandedly solve the internal peace and security , it entails a  multi pronged approach with a sustained multi faceted, multi dimensional approach through a sustained multi stakeholders involvement as well as commitment to keep our communities safe,” Soliven said.