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End of State of Emergency in Mindanao reflects peace, progress

DAVAO CITY (PIA) – The lifting of the State of National Emergency in Mindanao is a testament of the successful law enforcement in the region and reflects the peace and progress in the region, said Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go.

During his recent visit in Davao City on July 29 for the distribution of assistance to flood victims, he lauded President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. for lifting Proclamation No. 55  which declared the state of national emergency on account of lawless violence in Mindanao.

The lifting of the state of national emergency in Mindanao is contained in Proclamation No. 298 signed by Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin on July 25, 2023.

Sen. Christopher "Bong" Go lauds Pres. Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. for the lifting the national state of emergency on account of lawless violence in Mindanao. (OSBG photo)

"Ang ibig sabihin po nito para sa akin, naging successful na po ang law enforcement efforts ng gobyerno sa Mindanao (To me, this mean that the government’s law enforcement effort in Mindanao has been successful),” Go said.

He credited the efforts initially initiated under former President Rodrigo Duterte and continued further by the present administration in combating terrorism and unrest in the region, which led to the state of emergency declaration in 2016.

The senator also cited the significant security challenges that had plagued Mindanao, which included bombings and the Marawi Siege.

"Inumpisahan po ito ni dating Pangulong Duterte na labanan po ang terorismo... nagkaroon ng proclamation si dating Pangulong Duterte noong 2016 dahil magulo talaga, may bombings, at nando'n pa ang Marawi Siege ([former] President Duterte started to fight terrorism… there was an issuance of proclamation by former Pres. Duterte in 2016 because there is indeed chaos, there are bombings, and there was the Marawi Siege)," explained Go.

He believes that the former President was successful in the campaign against terrorism and chaos in Mindanao.

“Magandang maipagpatuloy pa ito lalo ng kasalukuyang administrasyon para marating ang long-lasting peace sa Mindanao at sa buong Pilipinas (It would be better if this will be continued by the current administration to attain the long-lasting peace in Mindanao and the entire Philippines),” he added.

“Through successful focused military and law enforcement operations and programs that promote sustainable and inclusive peace, the government has made significant gains in improving and restoring peace and order in the region,” Proclamation No. 298 stated.

It added that the lifting of Proclamation No. 55 series of 2016 issued on Sept. 4,2016 will boost economic activity and hasten the recovery of the local economy. 

Earlier, business leaders, particularly those representing foreign chambers of commerce in the region, praised the signing of Proclamation No. 298 that lifted the State of National Emergency on Account of Lawless Violence in Mindanao.

Business leaders hail the lifting of State of National Emergency in Mindanao (PIA photo)

They said, Pres. Marcos’ move is a great and big step for them to move forwards achieving economic growth in Mindanao, as they could now invite  agricultural and manufacturing companies to stay longer in Mindanao to make long-term investments.

They added that the lifting of Proclamation 55 will be a trigger point for investors to take a serious look at the potential of the region.

Meanwhile, Go pointed out that the lifting of Proc. 55 will further normalize the life in Mindanao, citing the economic and societal benefits such as more investors, improved tourism, stimulated economy and additional employment.

Sen. Bong Go with SPMC officials (OSBG photo)

Recently, the senator was here to attend the annual Service Awards of the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC), where he led the recognition of the dedication and perseverance of the employee and retirees to the hospital’s mission of providing quality healthcare service to the public.

The event was part of SPMC’s National Hospital Week celebration, which is observed from August 5 to 12. 

ACT-CIS Partylist Rep. Erwin Tulfo poses with the service awardees of the Southern Philippines Medical Center during its awards ceremony. (SPMC photo)

Recognized during the Service Awards rites were SPMC’s employees who have rendered service for 20 or more years. Retirees and those who have died while in the active service were likewise honored through the posthumous award.

Given recognition for their 40 years of dedicated service with the SPMC were Marilyn Catulong, Romeo Ilustre, Noel Mortillero and Erlinda Wayno.

For their 35 years in service, recognized were Daisy Gabaton, Noeli Ellery Gaona, Dennis Lumbre, Hipolita Olivares, Lani Paler, Ligaya Rentura and Joseph Yanson. 

On the other hand, 17 staff were recognized for their 30 years service; 17 for their 25 years service; 13 for their 20 years in service, and 22 retirees.

The family of Ernesto Cedaña, Michael Evarolo, Benjamin Nacario and Alex Tan were presented posthumous award during the ceremony.

Alao present during the event was House Representative Erwin Tulfo of the ACT-CIS Partylist. (JBG-PIA XI /Photos from SPMC and OSBG)

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Jemin Guillermo, J.D.


Region 11

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