DAVAO DEL NORTE, May 11 (PIA) - The Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP) Eastern Mindanao Area Manager, Oliver Binancilan, has revealed that the Indigenous People (IP) datus of Sitio Nasilaban, Talaingod are planning to go to Davao City themselves in order to convince their relatives in Haran to come home and return to the hands of the government.
"Sila [IPs in Haran] naglisod gihapon didto sa Haran ug wala'y laing makakuha kundi, dili ang gobyerno, kundi kamo (They [IPs in Haran] are still having a hard time there in Haran and there's no one else that can take them back, not the government, but you)," he told the IPs during the 3rd Adlaw sa Kalinaw on May 5, 2021 at Sitio Nasilaban, Brgy. Dagohoy, Talaingod.
This as Davao del Norte's Provincial Government and National Government Agencies (NGAs) convened to bring their respective services to the IPs in Talaingod dubbed as 'Adlaw sa Kalinaw Information and Service Caravan' in order to make them feel the presence and support of the government.
Furthermore, Binancilan promised the Indigenous People (IPs) of Talaingod that communication and the relationship between the government and the IPs will be maintained.
"Para wala namo'y laing tan-awun nga gobyerno kundi ang gobyerno nalang nga tinud-anay nga naa diri sa inyung atubangan (So that you won't have to believe another government other than the true government that's in front of you)," he said.
Binancilan cited that Sitio Nasilaban used to have one of the more dominant New People's Army (NPA) presence as the NPA held residence for a "long time" before it was cleared.
"Tinuod man. Ang gobyerno, tungod sa kalisod sa pag anhi diri, gamay ra ang serbisyong nahatag. Pero sa pagka karon nga bag-o na ang atong lider, sa probinsya ug sa nasud, kami na ang nagpaduol sa inyo para i-abot namo ang serbisyo (It's true. The government, because of how [geographically] hard it is to get here, the services given were lackluster. However, now that we have new leaders in the province and in the country, we are the ones reaching out to you to deliver our services)," he emphasized.
In return, he asked the IPs to truly side with the government "both in mind and in heart" and help get back their relatives still in rebellion. (Jan Vincent Leuterio/PIA-XI)