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Pursue peace, Davao local chiefs told




Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has called on barangay officials to be a “team of champions” and pave the way for the attainment of the city’s vision of a peaceful and progressive city.

During the mass oath-taking of over 1,400 village chiefs and councilmen from the city’s 182 villages yesterday, Duterte-Carpio urged local leaders to pursue peace and progress through sustainable development.

The mayor said the village officials can be exponents of progress by participating in the incoming working sessions for a three-year project and program plan for their communities on July 2.

The presidentail daughter also asked the barangay leaders to spend the first day of their office attending the planning session and ensure that the needs of their barangay during their three-year term are included.

She also suggested adding another year to their plan in case barangay elections are postponed again.

“Immediately submit the plan for the first year. Do your plans for the second year and third year to avoid last-minute needs,” she told the village leaders.

The mayor also asked the leaders to install purok (sub-village) leaders who can help them pursue community development.

Although appointing a purok leader is not provided in the Local Government Code, Duterte-Carpio wants a Purok Leader Federation institutionalized informally because of their role, especially in peace and order monitoring.