• Abra’s peace program set for implementation

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    BANGUED, Abra: Abra’s framework for peace program that was launched and adapted during the Abra Week for Peace 2015 celebration was recently reviewed and is now ready for implementation.

    Called “Pagta ti Kappia” (pact for peace), the framework embodies the strategies and mechanisms to address the issues of peace in different angles.

    According to the report from the Philippine Information Agency-Abra, the Abra Week for Peace was launched in 2007 right after Governor Eustaquio P. Bersamin assumed office to purposely address the illusive peace in the province as indicated by its high criminality rate aggravated by political killings. For years, the AWP was celebrated but it had not really spelled out a concrete program to attain peace and order in Abra.

    AWP 2014 was a breakthrough in the peace efforts and initiatives in the province. The AWP Technical Working Group broke into groups to seriously and diligently work to dissect the issues and find ways and means to address them.

    Other members of the AWP-TWG picked up from the result of that survey and came up with their own strategies of addressing the issues assigned to them. Hence, various offshoot programs and projects on peace-building emerged.

    These offshoot programs and projects such as the Lifeline Counseling Center, the Lesson Exemplar, the Pagta ti Kappia, among others, were all taken into account and the TWG worked seriously on these as work-in-progress with the most possible participation of all peoples from all walks of life to ensure complete representation of the Abrenians.

    This peace effort is made possible with the initiatives of the Abra Peace Conveners’ Group led by Carmelita Bersalona and the tribal elders led by Francis Cayasen and Victor Valera for facilitating the series of conference-workshops.

    THOM F. PICAÑA

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