The Department of the Interior and Local Government-7 (DILG-7) presided over a joint meeting recently to convene the five clusters of the Regional Task Force on Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) to discuss revitalized efforts and discuss the updates and upcoming programs under the Retooled Community Support Program (RCSP).
DILG-7 Director Leocadio T. Trovela commended the members of the different clusters for achieving milestones in the implementation of the RCSP despite the unprecedented challenges and crisis in the past year.
“Despite the pandemic, we’re able to identify priority PPAs, and now adopted by their respective development councils of the 51 barangays,” said Trovela.
Among the RTF-ELCAC7 cluster members are Basic Services; Local Government Empowerment; E-CLIP and Amnesty; Localized Peace Engagement; and Sectoral Unification, Capability-Building, Empowerment and Mobilization Cluster.
Trovela said that a significant number of proposed projects, programs, and activities under RCSP for the year 2020 chargeable against their agency’s coffer had been successfully funded.
He said RTC-ELCAC 7 has already completed the first three phases of RCSP and is now on the last two phases: sustain and monitor.
Present during the said meeting were NGAs from Central Visayas, namely: AFP, PRO-7, NICA, DOJ, DOE, DSWD, PIA, DepEd, DAR, DOH, CHED, NIA, DPWH, DTI, TESDA, NCIP, PhilHealth, DA, DOLE, PSA, NEDA, DENR, and NFA. They tackled RCSP proposed programs, projects, and activities for FY 2021 covering this year’s target barangays.
DILG-7, together with the national government agencies (NGAs) and local government units (LGUs), achieved another milestone - the installation of peace poles in target barangays - the first of its kind in the country as a sign of commitment to peace during the 2020 Dagyawan sa Barangay.
“The peace pole is one icon that would remind us—the NGAs, LGUs, and stakeholders—that we have a common goal which is attaining peace in our communities,” Trovela added.
The Central Visayas’ efforts didn’t go unnoticed after the National Peace Order presided by no less than President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has recognized Dagyawan sa Barangay as a good practice in peace and development thru the National Peace and Order Council resolution.