Cagayan POC moves to set Peace Negotiation Panel

February 24, 2021

PEABLANCA, CAGAYAN – In pursuit of lasting peace, the Cagayan Peace and Order Council (POC) recently push for the creation of Peace Negotiation Panel in the province, according to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)-Region 2.

DILG-2 Regional Director Jonathan Paul M. Leusen said mechanisms are being established to map out local peace engagement, negotiation, or intervention following the operational manual of National Task Force on Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC).

Lusen said Cagayan Provincial Peace Negotiation Panel shall conduct local peace engagements in conflict-affected and conflict-vulnerable communities through community consultations and problem-solving sessions, as well as through local peace dialogues with Communist Terrorist Groups (CTGs).

He said the panel will coordinate with the RTF-ELCAC through the CORDS regarding the CTGs and government’s common talking points, holding local-level dialogues to discuss, agree, and implement a joint local-level peace agreement.

In the operational manual of Task Force ELCAC, the Local Government Units (LGUs) were tasked to establish a mechanism for local peace engagement, negotiation, or intervention that is nationally orchestrated, directed, and supervised while being locally implemented.

This mechanism effectively addresses socio-economic divides, creates modalities, and strengthens communities' capacities to resist violence and participate in peace building and development to achieve community resiliency and cultural harmony pursuant to Executive Order (EO) No. 70.

Leusen hopes that this move will contribute towards institutionalizing a platform in changing the mindset and for genuine good governance to improve the people's lives and welfare.