The Regional Task Force 8 on Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF8-ELCAC) emphasized the need for implementing conflict-sensitive and peace-promoting interventions in a recent meeting of the clusters under the RTF8-ELCAC-led or co-led by the DILG.
Participants of the meeting listened to the sharing by the Office of the Presidential Assistant on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity (OPAPRU) in making interventions that have undergone conflict analysis before implementation in conflict areas.
DILG-8 Regional Director (RD) Karl Caesar R. Rimando expressed hope that every agency will soon have conflict-sensitive and peace-promoting interventions to achieve a just and lasting peace by 2022.
Imelda C. Bonifacio, Regional Program Manager of OPAPRU and Co-Lead of the Local Peace Engagement (LPE) Cluster, urged the government agencies to study their projects and services first before bringing the same to the community. Bonifacio then committed to sharing the tool and guide in accomplishing good conflict analysis to members of the clusters.
The clusters’ meeting likewise covered several matters concerning ELCAC to update the member agencies. During the discussion of the Retooled Community Support Program (RCSP), RD Rimando said that the task force recently passed a resolution urging that 93 barangays be considered for funding for 2021. This came about after they learned that only six barangays are to be funded for the coming year.
The group likewise discussed the status of the RCSP targets for 2019 and 2020. As of October 18, 31 barangays in the 2019 targets have already finished the pre-planning stage but all of them have yet to reach the last phase. Moreover, the 71 barangays planned for RCSP in 2020 have completed the orientation of the Barangay RCSP core teams.
The clusters’ meeting likewise covered a discussion on the updates of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) which is a peacebuilding and social protection program to assist Former Rebels and Militia ng Bayan into becoming productive citizens of the society.
Bonifacio also held an orientation on the guidelines for the conduct of LPE. She discussed the roles and functions of the LPE Cluster as a peace advocate, a grievance mechanism, and a facilitator.
Amelito Domingo, who represented the regional director of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), showed the highlights of the consultation meeting on ELCAC monitoring and reporting on October 21. Domingo also shared the different issues and concerns that were raised and addressed during the said virtual meeting.
Present in the event were the representatives of 8ID PA, BFAR, CHED, DAR, DEPED, DOH, DPWH, DSWD, DTI, NHA, NIA, OCD, PHIC, PIA, PMS, PRO8, TESDA, and DBM.