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MAASIN CITY, August 8 (PIA) -- The opening of more road networks across the province is truly the roadmap to peace and prosperity, the Southern Leyte Provincial Peace and Order Council (SLPPO) believes.

According to Roma C. Demeterio, operations officer of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), the province started to open more roads as proposed in the roadmap, a government approach to counter communist-insurgency.

Demeterio’s report was presented in the recently held joint meeting of the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) and the province’s Peace and Order Council.

Earlier, SLPPO has identified necessary infrastructure projects, in an attempt to attain sustainable peace and order in the province, hence rehabilitation and construction projects to remote barangays had been identified.

Road networks are also projected even to connect nearby municipalities, thereby providing easier access to government programs and projects, it was learned.

In the same forum, Demeterio also discussed the completion of Panan-awan Airport in Maasin City and some reforestation projects.

Meanwhile, all the six PPOCs of Region 8 presented their respective peace and order updates as prescribed in the Peace and Prosperity Roadmap program in the region.

As host in the third quarter meeting of the peace-making-body, SLPPO thru Governor Christopherson Yap also presented the need for two-K9 units for use in bomb and illegal drugs detection and the organization and training of Southern Leyte’s SWAT Team complete with equipment and gears. (ldl/egorne/ PIA8 SoLeyte)