DILG, AFP officials meet to set directions for Caraga RTF-ELCAC as it reaches critical stages of implementation

July 29, 2020

DILG Caraga Regional Director Lilibeth A. Famacion meets up with 4th Infantry Division Commander, Major General Andres C. Centino, and 402nd Infantry Brigade Commander, Brigadier General Maurito L. Licudine to set the directions for the Caraga Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) as it reaches critical stages of implementation.

Newly-appointed Major General Centino, together with Brigadier Licudine, paid a visit to the Caraga RTF-ELCAC Operation Center located at the DILG Caraga Regional Office in Brgy. Doongan, Butuan City on July 8, 2020.

The two generals discussed ELCAC concerns with Famacion, who is also the RTF-ELCAC Technical Working Group (TWG) Chair, DILG Assistant Regional Director Donald A. Seronay, and DILG Caraga - Local Government Capability Development Division Chief and OpCen Co-Chief Annabel F. Yangson. Specifically, they tackled the appropriate next steps to be taken in the efficient implementation of Executive Order No. 70 as it achieves its full-steam enforcement.

Centino highlighted the need for the 12 ‘Lines of Effort’ to be continually empowered in the discharge of their duties on the matter of ending local communist armed conflict to ensure that the whole-of-nation principle will be upheld in securing peace and development in Caraga region.

Citing the weakening force of the enemy, Licudine iterated that the Retooled Community Support Program (RCSP) should be enforced immediately in the cleared barangays to warrant the preservation of peace in these vulnerable areas.

Famacion meanwhile committed the full support of the TWG in the undertakings of the Task Force and that it will strive to come up with ways on how the ELCAC interventions can be implemented most effectively.

Likewise, Centino affirmed the support of the Armed Forces of the Philippines to the activity initiated by DILG Caraga which shall be done to revisit the priority programs, projects, and activities (PPAs) of RCSP-identified barangays in the region.