The National Peace and Order Council (NPOC) is keen on modeling nationwide or where it may be best applicable Bohol’s purok-based peace and development initiative amid growing threats elsewhere in the country.
The NPOC wants to use Bohol’s Countryside Development Program – Purok Power Movement (CDP-PPM) template to address particularly the rising terrorist and insurgent threats.
During the second regular meeting of the NPOC with the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) – Luzon Cluster in Quezon City on Thursday, the CDP-PPM was believed to be an“effective tool.”
The initiative was cited to be critically vital to mobilizing community participation to the response to a threat like what Bohol did in crushing the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) entry and attempt to sow terror last April.
The CDP-PPM was presented during the NPOC-RPOC Luzon Cluster meeting on a formal request from Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Acting Sec. CatalinoCuy to Gov. Edgar Chatto.
In lieu of the governor, CDP-PPM Head Coordinator Liza Quirog presented, with visual powerpoint aid, the multi-approach and grassroot-participatory peace and development initiative for half an hour.
Before Quirog’s presentation, National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) Exec. Dir. Alex Paul Monteagudo already mentioned the Bohol model in his presentation in the same NPOC meeting.
Timely, the positive feedbacks were relayed to Chatto who was presiding the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) and Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (PADAC) joint meeting at the Governor’s Mansion on Thursday.
Chatto appreciated the compliments but still maintaining an unassuming self as he said to the PPOC-PADAC members, “We are not claiming to be a model that should be used nationwide.”
“But we are allowing ourselves through invitations to share our own experiences,” said the governor who chairs both the PPOC and PDAC.
Quirog said it truly overwhelmed hearing people in the national peace body banking on the Bohol way to be possibly done nationwide to mobilize the Filipinos against the rising treat of terrorism.
“What I felt was that we’re so ordinary, simple, with no extra-ambition but just to help our people, help our army, our police who sacrificed the lives of their members to save Bohol from terrorism, fear,” Quirog said.
THE PUROK POWER
Basically, the CDP-PPM delivers basic services down to the puroks, the grassroot communities, pursuant to sustainable development and inclusive growth agenda of the Chatto administration.
It has organized and trained purok volunteers corresponding to the peace and prosperity interventions, including anti-drug abuse activities.
The CDP-PPM empowers the people to be aware of their needs and resources and capacitate them to help themselves.
For an encouraged mobilization of the basic communities, the CDP-PPM engages all government agencies and non-government or people’s organizations to converge to deliver programs, projects and services.
More familiar by the call “purok power,” the CDP-PPM aims not just to empower the people but leave to them the capacity to govern themselves.
Others in the NPOC-RPOC Luzon Cluster meeting considered the Bohol innovation to have set a precedent that could well be applied to other places of similar circumstances in the country.
On the governor’s instruction, Quirog further emphasized to the NPOC that the CDP-PPM is basically a socio-economic intervention model with a strong cultural component touching on the Boholano values.
These values include the strong ties among families through the cluster of households in the purok.
IMPERFECT, BUTGOOD POINTER
When the DILG asked for the CDP-PPM presentation right to the NPOC, Chatto cautioned not to regard it as a perfect model.
He even “warned” not to attempt to copy wholly the initiative if it could not fully apply outside, which could also mean getting only the good points believed to be best applicable.
“We are doing this at home and sharing to others. It’s up to them whether the Bohol experience applies in whole or part. We are not to say that this is the best, but this was what we did and is what we intend to continue doing,” the governor said.
Chatto said hearing a national interest to use the Bohol model nationwide may not be avoided to create misconception of perfection.
This is because there are systems, practices or innovations that may not apply to one place but best for others, he said.
But, Chatto said,“if others will learn something from us, then it is much better. In our case we are continuously learning.”
The governor said “we know we are strong as we know our weakness, and we know which areas we need to refine because we believe in a strong feedbacking mechanism.”
COMPETE W/ SELF TO BE STRONGER
Chatto said one way to become stronger is “not to compete with anyone but ourselves.”
But the governor also said “we can make sure to segregate what can help improve from what we need to disregard.”
Some PPOC members echoed the governor, saying to the media this is how things are approached as far as the PPOC programs and activities are concerned.(VenreboArigo)