Eyeing on ending local communist armed conflict, Northern Mindanao now gears up on crafting local peace initiatives through operationalizing Executive Order 70.
To complement the efforts of the National Task Force (NTF), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 10 recently spearheaded a City/Provincial Action Planning Workshop on building sustainable peace towards a peaceful, inclusive, just, and equitable development held at N Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City.
“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,” DILG Peace and Order Undersecretary Bernardo Florece, Jr. said.
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.
The said event was participated by selected Region 10 local-national government functionaries which served as an avenue in creating city/provincial action plans as part of the strategic goal of ending local communist armed conflicts in the ground and winning peace for the communities and its constituents.
DILG 10 Regional Director Arnel M. Agabe stressed the importance of this time-bounded national priority thrust.
“What is important is that our local government units, with the support of our government agencies, will be able to identify projects, programs, and activities that are responsive to our objectives,” Agabe said.
Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar S. Moreno supported the idea that all local government units initiatives should be consistent with the national structure. He hoped that this activity will lead Northern Mindanao towards better understanding in successfully performing its roles pertaining to EO 70.
“Kailangan magtulungan dahil wala ng boundaries when it comes to peace,” Moreno said.
Meanwhile, DILG 10 Assistant Regional Director Yvette Tolentino-Sunga said: “We need to respect EO 70 because that is the solution that the current administration could think of to really end the local communist armed conflict.”
With this, she coined an acronym “RESPECT” to better commit to EO 70. This stands for “Re-learn, Engage, Sustain, Persevere, Elevate, Converge, and Trust”.