BONTOC, Mountain Province – The leadership of the Mountain Province Provincial Police office underscored the reign of peace and order is vital in ensuring a robust business climate even in the remotest villages of the province, thus, the need for concerned sectors to sustain embracing peace as their overarching agenda for growth and development beneficial to the present and future generations.
Provincial Police Director Senior Superintendent Allen S. Ocden reminded the business sector in the province to support the thrust of the government to achieve lasting peace in the countryside so that their businesses will benefit from the fruits of development being implemented in the countryside.
Ocden was the inducting officer of the first set of officers of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) Mountain Province chapter during their induction rites held in this capital town recently.
“We encourage our people to sustain their unwavering and uncompromising support to the peace initiatives being implemented by the concerned government agencies and the local government so that law and order will continue to reign in our beloved province. The support of the public in all our peacekeeping initiatives is very important because the people will always be in the forefront of curbing efforts to derail the peace initiatives that are in place in the province,” Ocden stressed.
The police official underscored that robust business climate will prevail once peace and order will reign in a certain locality that is why businessmen in the province are very lucky considering that people are the ones who initiate ways and means to prevent the occurrence of unnecessary conflicts that will taint the peaceful image of the province.
He added that the business sector should also consider involving themselves in peacekeeping initiatives through their various corporate social responsibility initiatives so that people will be empowered to do the same in whatever form of individual or collective initiatives.
According to him, Mountain Province was adjudged as the second most peaceful province in the country behind Batanes that is why it is important for all concerned sectors in the 144 barangays, 10 municipalities and the province as a whole to come together and thwart whatever evil motives by the enemies of the State to create trouble in the countryside and ruin the gains of peace which was achieved through the support of the people.
Ocden claimed that he came to the province with peace on his hand and when visiting the remote villages, the realization of peace is still his primordial advocacy which he shares with the barangay officials and the people in the said places because he understands the province will have a brighter future with the attainment of peace coupled with the resultant robust business climate.
Ocden explained a legitimate business organization in the province will definitely help in empowering the business sector to advance their programs, projects, activities and advocacies to aggressively promote their overall interests without compromising the interest of the public in terms of the sale and distribution of quality products at affordable and competitive prices.