Throughout its history Lanao del Norte has been the subject of discord and turmoil but never has it been as peaceful and as progressive in the last few decades, the unification of the Quibranza and the Dimaopro family started it all but minor skirmishes still exist today though only from the rebel groups that hide within mountain areas of the province that are against the current government.
People today may think that the diversity of the people in the province is a stumbling block for progress but not here in Lanao del Norte, it is a reminder that we may never repeat the past and that the unity of the people is the backbone of the land’s progressive image and the bounties it can offer.
March is celebrated as the Lanao Month of Peace it is to enliven the duty to continue the peace and order in the province, this year Secretary Jesus head of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process and Undersecretary Philip Camara from the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources visited the province to participate in the “Panagtagbo sa Kalinaw” or Convergence For Peace.
After the formalities Secretary Dureza held a Press Conference and clarified the questions by the media and emphasized their importance in informing the general public, the OPAPP is very open to the media to gain trust from the people.
Undersecretary Philip Camara emphasized the projects of the DENR in Lanao del Norte to combat deforestation is to plant 30,000 hectares of bamboos and 5000 hectares for the mangroves. Governor Angging is very glad that the DENR is giving focus now in Mindanao.
The latest update from the OPAPP is the meeting in Malaysia regarding the engagements with the Bangsamoro Transition Comission to craft a new bill that will replace the BBL for it didn’t pass in the congress and that the Malaysians will continue to support as special advisors not as Facilitators anymore.
Regarding on the relationship of the New People’s Army and the national government, the NPA wishes to call back the unilateral ceasefire but before they would do it they must contact and control their ground commanders to avoid any incidents in the future, the next meeting of the government with the NPA would be on the Netherlands during April 2 up to April 6. PIO-LDN