To fully understand the operations of left-leaning groups, the Region X office of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG-10) and the regional Joint Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (JRTF ELCAC) recently organized a levelling session with the ELCAC task forces of the Provincial and Highly Urbanized Cities.
DILG 10 Regional Director Arnel Agabe said the levelling session aimed to disseminate the government’s Executive Order No. 70 or the ‘whole-of-nation’ approach in ending local insurgency to the barangay level.
“Ang atong tumong mao ang pagpakaylap ngadto sa mga ka-baranggayan ang mga programa gikan sa EO 70 nga unta masabtan nila ang panglantaw sa atong Presidente nga magka-hiusa ang tanan sa pagsugpo sa mga terorista sa atong komunidad,” said DILG Regional Director Arnel Agabe.
(Our goal is to roll out to the barangays the programs which stemmed from EO 70 and to impart the President’s vision of uniting everyone in stopping the terrorists that plague our communities.)
Meanwhile, Major Carlos Ely Tingson of the NTF-ELCAC strongly encouraged everyone to help each other achieve lasting peace in the country amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
The National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) explained how recruitment for new rebel members is at the community level. Each member agency also presented their accomplishments for better understanding and appreciation of the other JRTF ELCAC members.
The four-day Levelling Session was attended by various regional line agencies, members of the Local Task Forces, and the leaders from the provinces, cities, and barangays in the region.