The City Government of Davao, through the Peace 911 Service Caravan on Tuesday delivered public services to the residents of Barangay Pañalum, Paquibato on Tuesday.

The Peace 911 initiative was established on May 10, 2018 to counter insurgent forces, particularly in Paquibato District, by strengthening community relations and delivering government services in the area. It has since expanded to cover Marilog District and four other barangays in Calinan.

Residents in the area were able to avail themselves of services from national government agencies the likes of the Philippine Statistics Authority, Social Security System, PhilHealth, Pag-IBIG Fund, Bureau of Internal Revenue, Land Transportation Office, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, National Bureau of Investigation, Armed Forces of the Philippines, and the Public Employment Service Office.

The local offices of the City Mayor’s Office, Office of the Vice Mayor, City Social Welfare and Development Office, City Health Office, City Legal Office, City Planning and Development Office, Lingap Para sa Mahirap, Educational Benefit System Unit, and others also offered their services during the caravan.

Peace 911 Focal Person Atty Jonah Presto said that the activity which was participated in by hundreds of Panñalum residents is a clear indication that the people in Paquibato District are united in sustaining the peace in the area.

Presto said the Peace 911 remains a key program in maintaining the city’s insurgency-free status.

Peace advisor Irene Santiago said that secuirty is just one of the many factors to be considered in order to fully cement peace and order in Paquibato.

She said that a peaceful community is not just one that is free from armed conflict but also one that is strong and capable of defending its peace, augmented by economic prosperity and educational opportunities for all residents.

City Mayor Sebastian Duterte addressed the Pañalum residents and said that the City Government will make sure to stimulate economic growth in the area in the area. He said that the Paquibato District, as a peaceful and conflict-free territory can now look at its potential for tourism.

Pañalum Barangay Captain Analou Trespeses said that the over 2,000 residents of Pañalum, since the inception of the Peace 911 program in 2018, have enjoyed peace in the community. She said that with the continuation of the program, inhabitants of the Paquibato District will continue to unite and cooperate to keep the peace. CIO