In its continued efforts to end local communist armed conflict (ELCAC), DILG Region 10 recently led the conduct of inter-agency task group meeting at the DILG 10 Regional Office, Cagayan de Oro City to finalize the implementation plans of two ELCAC Lines of Efforts.
DILG 10 Regional Director Arnel M. Agabe challenged the involved agencies to perform better this year, as far as their respective task groups are concerned.
“Without the assistance, coordination, commitment and collaboration of our involved agencies, the accomplishments in the previous year would not be possible,” Agabe said.
Agabe said that the two Lines of Effort are (1) Sectoral Unification, Capacity Building, Empowerment and Mobilization (SUCBEM), and (2) Local Peace Engagement (LPE).
For the SUCBEM Cluster, their primary mission is to engage, unify, capacitate, empower, and mobilize all sectors of the society to be free and resistant to the communist-terrorist groups (CTGs) mass base building operations and infiltration activities.
Agencies involved in this cluster are the following: DA, DAR, DepEd, DSWD, DENR, DOLE, DOST, DICT, BFAR, CHED, NYC, PCUP, NHA, PCW, NCIP, PCOO, AFP, PNP, and other concerned offices.
“There is a necessity for everyone to work together and at the same time, properly communicate all the efforts being made and ensure that the people will feel that the government is working for them,” RD Agabe said.
Meanwhile, agencies involved in LPE are the OPAPP, NSC, PNP, DND, AFP, NICA, PHRC, DPWH, DOW, DepEd, DSWD, NCIP, PIA, and NEDA.
“On Local Peace Engagement, we aim to provide a platform to ensure that the much-abused issues on the causes of conflicts will be identified, discussed and eventually, be given solution—and we will be doing these at the local level,” RD Agabe said.
Other Lines of Efforts led by DILG are Local Government Empowerment, Basic Services, and E-CLIP and Amnesty Program.
All of these efforts are in line with the operationalization of EO 70, otherwise known as the “Whole-of-Nation Approach” to end insurgency.
RD Agabe said that it is the target of the government to finally end local communist armed conflict by year 2022, hence the need for the full participation and support of all agencies to attain said goal.