THE DEPARTMENT of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has urged the country’s 81 provinces to create their own task force to combat insurgencies in their areas.
“With no less than President Rodrigo Duterte himself taking the role as National Task Force chairperson, provincial governments should follow his lead by taking more active and decisive actions to counter communist terrorist groups through the creation of a provincial task force,” DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said.
“Putting an end to insurgency does not only require a military solution because this will address only one facet of the issue. We should therefore work together and put our acts together as one nation — starting from the provinces, cities, towns and barangays – to lick the insurgency problem,” he added.
In December, Duterte signed Executive Order 70 which institutionalized a whole-of-nation approach in dealing with insurgency through the creation of NTF-ELCAC or the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict.
According to Año, the primary responsibility of the provincial task force is to harmonize and optimize government efforts and resources at the provincial level to address the root causes of insurgency and attain sustainable peace and development. (Christopher Lloyd Caliwan)
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