Normin RTF-ELCAC kicks off Provincial Consultations for CAPDev

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By Mike BaƱos
May 28, 2019

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Cagayan de Oro City – The Regional Task Force on Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict Technical Working Group (RTF-ELCAC TWG) in Northern Mindanao commenced a series of Provincial Cascading on EO 70 and Validation of Needs and Programs, Projects and Activities (PPAs) Workshop for the Convergence Areas for Peace and Development (CAPDev) on 22 May 2019 in Bukidnon.
 
The activity aims to orient and increase awareness of local stakeholders on Executive Order 70 (s. 2018) and the CAPDev program, which is the region’s banner program to address the root causes of insurgencies, internal disturbances and tensions, and other armed conflicts and threats for inclusive development. 
 
The program institutionalizes the “Whole-of-Nation Approach” through focused, coordinated, and sustained delivery of basic services and social development packages by government in poor, conflict-affected, and geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas in the region.
 
It also aims to enlist the support of local government units (LGUs) at the provincial/municipality/city and barangay levels, government agencies, and civil society organizations in the entire CAPDev program implementation.
 
The activity serves as venue to validate the needs of ELCAC/CAPDev areas and the corresponding programs, projects and activities (PPAs) proposed by regional line agencies for FY 2020 for these areas.
 
RDC-X Chairperson and Bukidnon Governor Jose Ma. Zubiri expressed his full support for EO 70 and CAPDev and thanked the regional partners, local government units (LGUs), the security sector, and other stakeholders for their strong commitment to achieve peace and development in the province.
 
NEDA-X Regional Director Mylah Aurora Faye B. Cariño shared the CAPDev program’s objectives, focus areas, stakeholders, and implementing mechanisms.  She also said that Bukidnon accounted for the largest share (59 percent or PhP25.26 billion) of the proposed FY 2020 budget for the focus areas.
 
The activity had two parts: a) plenary presentation on the salient features of EO 70, NTF/RTF-ELCAC, CAPDev, and the role of LGUs in localizing EO 70; and the province’s peace and security situationer; and b) workshop session to identify and validate community needs and proposed PPAs of the ELCAC/CAPDev areas.
 
Provincial Cascading on EO 70 and CAPDev to the provinces of Misamis Occidental, Lanao del Norte and Misamis Oriental are set on 30 and 31 May and 3 June 2019, respectively. The DILG-led Line of Efforts (LoEs) namely E-CLIP and Amnesty, Sectoral Unification, Capacity-Building, Empowerment and Mobilization, Basic Services, Local Government Empowerment and Local Peace Agenda will also conduct series of meetings in June 2019 to operationalize EO 70 in the region. (Tricia Marie L. Antivo, NEDA-X)
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