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Dumaguete City, Philippines Thursday, April 30, 2015
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Bantay Bayanihan seeks
assessment in ‘dev't ready' Neg. Or.

Marietta Jambora, lead convener of the Bantay Bayanihan-Negros Oriental chapter, said Tuesday it is time to assess the accomplishments of key players after the declaration of Negros Oriental as a “conflict-manageable and development ready” province.

On May 7, 2014, the Armed Forces of the Philippines, in collaboration with the Philippine National Police, declared Negros Oriental as having reached such status, with the insurgency problem falling to an insignificant level.

Jambora, however, said the Provincial Peace and Order Council, chaired by Gov. Roel Degamo, is taking the lead in making sure that various line government agencies and other stakeholders have followed through with their programs and projects since the declaration of the province as such.

However, Bantay Bayanihan, being a member of the PPOC, will discuss in its regular quarterly meeting Wednesday the accomplishments of the line agencies, civil society organizations and other sectors whether their programs and projects stipulated in the memorandum of agreement signed last year.

Jambora said the individual plans need to be revisited as to the status of the province as “conflict-manageable and development ready” so Bantay Bayanihan can also make a formal report to the executive committee of the PPOC.

Meanwhile, the Bantay Bayanihan local chapter will hold its regular quarterly dialog with the security forces in Dumaguete City Wednesday.

Participating units and agencies are the AFP, PNP, Department of Justice, Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Commission on Human Rights, Department of Agrarian Reform, Department of Agriculture, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the academe and the religious sector.

Bantay Bayanihan is the first in South East Asia to institutionalize CSO oversight in the implementation of the military's internal security campaign plan. It is an independent network recognized by the AFP to perform oversight function for Internal Peace and Security Plan Bayanihan, Jambora said.

It has more than 150 civil society organizations in 16 conflict-affected provinces in Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao.

Created on November 29, 2011, Bantay Bayanihan engages in the security sector in critical and constructive collaboration towards peace and security sector reform, Jambora said.*JFP


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