The Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (TF-ELCAC) was launched in the municipality of Mabinay, Negros Oriental as more barangays have been included in the government’s efforts to end the insurgency.
Gov. Roel Degamo, represented by Capitol spokesperson and Public Information Officer (PIO) Bimbo Miraflor, during Wednesday’s launch cited the need to coordinate efforts to fight communist insurgency.
The attendees were led by Mayor Joeterry Uy and Vice Mayor Ernesto “Jango” Uy.
“We need to synergize our efforts with respective timelines to address the main issues of the insurgency problem in the province, kay nagtoo si Gov. Degamo nga kon walay kalinaw, walay klaro ug insaktong kalamboan ang atong makab-ot (because Gov. Degamo believes that development cannot be attained in the absence of peace),” Miraflor said.
The provincial government has laid out programs and projects, alongside the Negros Oriental Task Force (NOTF)-ELCAC, as part of “local government interventions” to address the insurgency problems in the province, he said.
The Office of the Governor is always open to recommendations and requests for the development of your community, he added in the Cebuano dialect.
Uniformed personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the Philippine National Police (PNP) and other branches of government, and other members of the Mabinay TF-ELCAC were present during the launching, a prelude to the holding of the Dagyawan barangay consultation in a still undetermined date this month.
The Mabinay TF-ELCAC is expected to lead in the efforts to curb insurgency in that town through the so-called Re-Tooled Community Support Program of the AFP, with the Dagyawan consultation expected late this month.
During the launching, the municipal TF-ELCAC issued a resolution declaring the New People’s Army “persona non grata”.
Meanwhile, the NOTF-ELCAC has listed additional barangays for the said program which aims to address the insurgency problem through the Whole-of-Nation approach of President Rodrigo Duterte as cited in Executive Order No. 70.
The additional barangays are Budlasan in Canlaon City; Balugo, Nagsaha, Plagatasanon, Poblacion, and Villegas in Guihulngan City; Bagtic, Luyang, and Samac in Mabinay; and Panciao in Manjuyod, said Jennifer Tilos, InfoCen Manager of the Philippine Information Agency here and head of the NOTF-ELCAC’s Strategic Communication cluster.
Initially, 16 barangays in six towns and cities in the province were identified last year as priority areas by the NOTF-ELCAC, as follows: Barangays Bayog and Lumapao in Canlaon City; Trinidad, Binobohan, Sandayao, Tacpao, Imelda, Hinakpan, Humay-humay, and Planas in Guihulngan City; Dobdob in Valencia; San Pedro and Talalak in Sta. Catalina; Tayak in Siaton; and Calango and Mayabon in Zamboanguita. (Mary Judaline Partlow, PNA)