Committing to end insurgency in the province, the Province of Misamis Oriental sets its eyes on organizing its own Provincial Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC), according to DILG Region X.
Regional Director Arnel M. Agabe said that the creation of Provincial ELCAC was one of the approved resolutions during the recent conduct of the Joint Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC), Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) and Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (PADAC) Special meeting.
“We need this kind of support to finally put an end to this 50-year long insurgency problem in our country,” Agabe said.
“It is essential that our local government units, with the support of our government agencies, know the best interventions and initiatives that would be responsive to our objectives,” he added.
Agabe commends the Province of Misamis Oriental for the prompt action on the memorandum he released last July on the creation and functionality of said task force.
Meanwhile, Brig. General Edgardo De Leon provided updates on the Executive Order 70, elaborating on its 12 clusters during the said meeting. The clusters include: (1) Local Government Empowerment, (2) International Engagement, (3) Legal Cooperation Cluster, (4) Strategic Communication, (5) Basic Services, (6) Livelihood and Poverty Alleviation, (7) Infrastructure and Resource Management, (8) Peace and Development, (9) Localized Peace Engagement, (10) E-CLIP and Amnesty Program, (11) Situational Awareness and Knowledge Management Cluster, and (12) Sectoral Unification, Capacity Building and Empowerment.
Otherwise known as “Institutionalizing the Whole-Of-Nation approach in attaining inclusive and sustainable peace, creating a national task force to end local communist armed conflict, and directing the adoption of a national peace framework,” EO 70 addresses the root causes of insurgencies and other armed conflicts and threats by prioritizing and harmonizing the delivery of basic services and social development packages by the government.
Further, it looks into facilitating societal inclusivity, and ensuring the active participation of all sectors of the society in the pursuit of the country’s peace agenda.
“When we say Whole-of-Nation approach, all other stakeholders, not only the military and the police, not only those in the government, but including those in the community are included in this mission,” RD Agabe emphasized.
A total 27 out of the 798 barangays identified as conflict-affected areas are from Northern Mindanao.
Moreover, two of these barangays are from Misamis Oriental. With this, DILG Misamis Oriental Provincial Director Marisia C. Naybe urged these barangays to prioritize the creation and functionality of the said local task force.
“We urge our local officials to take part in this mission as we remind that they should be able to create their task force before August 31, 2019,” PD Naybe said.