On November 8, 2013, PPAO Deputy Chief Executive – Mr. Soratham Jinda, opened a program entitled “Community Leaders Potential Development” at Phuket Sala Prachakhom meeting hall. Joining the event were Advisor to PPAO Chief Executive – Mr. Boonserm Suwannarathphoom, Vice Chairman PPAO Council – Mr. Sakchai Chaowai, PPAO Council Member – Mr. Kamron Pantip, PPAO departmental heads, PPAO officials, Phuket province community leaders, and relevant officers.
PPAO Planning and Budget Department Head – Mr. Satien Kaeoprap said of the program: “PPAO acknowledges the role played by local administration offices in its drive to promote and develop the potential of community leaders who work closely with the people on a grass-root level and who are instrumental in the development of Phuket communities as a whole. Therefore, led by our Chief Executive – Mr. Paiboon Upattising, PPAO has made this program its core policy under its community development project.
“For this purpose, the Chief Executive has requested PPAO Society Development Division to initiate this potential development program for our community leaders, which comprises of a workshop on November 8, 2013 at Sala Prachakom, and a study trip to the north on November 9-15 2013. The main objective is to increase the knowledge and awareness of community leaders in the area of natural resources management, environment preservation, management of community refuse, drug abuse prevention, and community income-generating projects. All these activities are intended to raise the potential of our community leaders so that they become part of community development and problem solving mechanism as a whole.
Deputy Chief Executive – Mr. Soratham Jinda said “PPAO has continually worked with Phuket community leaders as our Chief Executive Mr. Paiboon Upattising acknowledges that the role played by community leaders is no less important than that of local administration office leaders. The community leaders, who represent our micro society, can contribute greatly to our rural development. In fact, both parties have an equal role to play. Our Chief Executive has always supported activities of sub-district heads and village leaders and this program will enhance their vision further so that they can bring back the knowledge and experience gained from this trip to bear on their communities.”
Mr. Soratham continued: “Sub-district heads and village leaders are one of Thailand institutions. Therefore, you should be proud to be pillars of our society. Thus I urge all of you to be respectable leaders and solve community problems as best you can so that your charges can depend on you. Even if we don’t have a budget to give you for solving minor disputes, I believe you can use your power as leaders to effect good and suitable outcome.”
“I hope that this field trip to other provinces will increase your experience and skills in the administration of your sub-districts and villages, and all its personnel components such as heads, community police, village heads assistants, community doctors, among others. I hope you have a successful workshop and a good trip. Finally, I would like to thank PPAO, its departmental heads, all relevant sectors, and speakers. Have a safe trip,” concluded the Deputy Chief Executive.