Agencies and organizations who are members of the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) perseveres for the attainment of inclusive and sustainable peace and development in the region.
The Department of the Interior and Local Government in the Cordillera Administrative Region (DILG-CAR) convened the member agencies of five (5) DILG-led clusters of the task force on February 26, 2020 to discuss the status of programs, projects, and activities (PPAs) to address the root causes of insurgency, internal disturbances and tensions, and other armed conflicts and threats.
Part of the functions of the local task forces is to implement a peace framework that is driven by whole-of-nation approach or WNA, ensure inter-agency convergence to address problems in conflict-affected, geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas, and vulnerable communities.
“We keep on mentioning this WNA or whole-of-nation approach and it is high time to put this in practice. We should continue to work hand in hand to make sure all the activities are synchronized and harmonized.” said DILG-CAR Dir. Marlo Iringan during the joint cluster meeting.
Agencies presented their PPAs and some of these are skills training, livelihood enhancement support, construction of child development centers, social pensions, financial assistance to students, information campaigns, among many others.
The presentations prompted Dir. Iringan to suggest that monitoring and evaluations of these PPAs must be enhanced to guarantee equal opportunities and prioritization of all the 49 insurgency-affected barangays in the Cordillera. “We want to make sure that all these identified barangays will have a fair share of the pie,” he added.
The five (5) DILG-led clusters are 1) local government empowerment; 2) sectoral unification, capacity-building, and empowerment; 3) basic services; 4) enhanced comprehensive local integration program and amnesty; and 5) localized peace engagement.
Meanwhile, representatives of DILG from regions I, II, III, IV-A, NCR, and CAR gathered in Baguio City for the finalization of module on Capacitating Urban Communities for Peace and Development (UCPD) on February 28.
"We wanted to have this consultation with other regions so we can say that we own this, not only NCR. Our goal here is to synergize amid our dynamics and different resources. We may be traversing different paths but we all want to arrive at the same destination - to achieve peace and development", said Dir. Maria Lourdes Agustin, regional director of DILG-NCR.
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