By Chito Chavez
President Duterte on Tuesday held a dialogue with more than 4,000 barangay and local government officials of Metro Manila reiterating his call for them to perform to the fullest their sworn duties in warding off all forms of lawlessness in their respective jurisdictions during Tuesday’s “Barangay Summit on Peace and Order’’ in Pasay City.
Aside from encouraging barangays and other stakeholders to join the government’s fight against illegal drugs, criminality and corruption, Duterte also pressed for their support to the shift to federalism.
Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo M. Año said the government has recognized the vital role the community leaders play in maintaining law and order prompting the President to directly communicate with them in a bid to entice their active participation in the fight against illegal drugs, corruption and all forms of criminality.
The summit also highlighted pressing issues concerning the heavy traffic in Metro Manila that include the review of barangay policies on road obstruction and traffic.
“Kailangan natin ang tulong at kooperasyon ng mga barangay para maibsan ang lumalalang traffic sa Metro Manila. Umaasa ako na magkakaroon ng magandang kasunduan tungkol dito (We need the full cooperation of the barangay to ease the worsening traffic situation in Metro Manila. I am optimistic that something positive will come out of the summit),’’Año said.
Aside from the President, the event was also attended by Undersecretary Allen Capuyan, Presidential Adviser on Indigenous People’s Concern, who talked about understanding the CPP, NPA, NDF; Interior Undersecretary Martin Diño spoke on the duties and functions of barangay officials; Assistant Secretary Jonathan Malaya who briefed them about federalism; and an MMDA official who discussed the role of LGUs in road clearing.
Other resource speakers and their topics were Assistant Secretary Ricojudge Janvier Echiverri on barangay’s role on the prevention of illegal drugs; Assistant Secretary Manuel Felix on criminality; Assistant Secretary Roosque Calacat on corruption; and Assistant Secretary Alexander Macario on violent extremism.