By Apipa Bagumbaran
MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur–City Mayor Majul Gandamra underscored the beneficial impact of a stable peace and order on the economic development of the war-torn city.
In his State of the City Address (SOCA) Friday, August 27, Gandamra said the good consequence of the stability of peace and order is the now booming economic movement in the city, especially among small and medium enterprises.
“Dahil unti-unting nagiging matiwasay ang ating lungsod, napakarami ng mga negosyo, malaki man o maliit, ang kasalukuyang itinatayo dito sa Marawi. Samakatuwid, bumabalik na ang kumpyansa ng ating mga negosyante na mag-invest sa Marawi sapagkat unti-unti nating nasisiguro ang kanilang kaligtasan at pangkalahatang kapayaapn dito,” he said.
[As our city gradually becomes more peaceful, so many businesses, large or small, are currently being built here in Marawi. Therefore, the confidence of our entrepreneurs to invest in Marawi is returning because we are gradually ensuring their safety and general peace here.]
Gandamra cited the semblance of order as proof that law enforcement in the city has become better.
He attributed this to the close collaboration and cooperation between the city government and the security forces in the city particularly the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
According to him, police visibility has increased while CCTV cameras have been placed in vital locations to help monitor the movement of people and traffic. Streetlights were also built in strategic roads to ensure the safety and welfare of Marawii residents.
The mayor, however, emphasized that to sustain this stability, the residents should cooperate and support the various programs of the local government on peace and order.
‘Kung nais nating pangalagaan ang kapayapaan sa Marawi, marapat lamang na gawin natin ang ating responsibilidad na panatilihing matiwasay ang ating pamumuhay sa lungsod at nang sa ganon at tuloy-tuloy ang pag-arangada ng ating ekonomiya,” he further said
[If we want to maintain peace in Marawi, we must do our responsibility to keep our life in the city peaceful so that our economy can continue to thrive.] Philippine Information Agency