Northern Mindanao Gears Up To Implement EO 70

THE REGION
April 16, 2019

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CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City – “We need to converge and have a multidimensional approach to end insurgency”, is the statement of Maj. Gen. Franco Nemesio M Gacal, Commander 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division during the Regional Orientation of the Convergence Areas for Peace and Development (CAPDev) at the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Region 10 Office this morning, April 16, 2019.

The orientation was attended by the members of the Technical Working Group (TWG) of the Regional Task Force on Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) composed of the different government agencies in Northern Mindanao. It was also graced by the presence of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Chairperson Sec. Datu Hj. Abul Khayr Alonto.

The said activity, hosted and facilitated by NEDA Region 10 Director Mylah Faye Aurora B. Cariño, has strengthened the commitment and understanding of the RTF-ELCAC TWG who will spearhead the operationalization of Executive Order 70 (EO 70) or the Wholeof-Nation Approach through the CAPDev as its enabling mechanism program.

During the presentation, Dir. Cariño explained that CAPDev is the region’s banner program which will be used to operationalize EO 70. It will address the root causes of insurgencies through focused, coordinated and sustained delivery of basic services and social development packages by the government in poor, conflict-affected and Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDAs) in order to achieve inclusive growth and development in Region 10.

During his presentation of the Mindanao 2030: Peace and Development Framework Plan, Sec. Alonto expressed, “We want to put an end to insurgency in Mindanao and we don’t want to see more of our Army losing their lives because of this.” “I just do not know why the CPP-NPA-NDF and Joma Sison persists on their ideology when the world has witnessed their failure. We have to work together in order to end this and MGen. Gacal, MinDA is at your disposal”, Alonto added.

Maj. Gen. Gacal on his part said, “This activity will allow us to lay the foundation of our preparations in connection with the major program of President Duterte. We need to know and understand why CAPDev is very important in the operationalization of EO 70. Our objective is to put an end to insurgency that we have been confronting for the last 50 years.”

MGen Gacal also emphasized, “As the Chairperson of the RTF-ELCAC adhoc committee, and even if the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of EO 70 are still to be published, Northern Mindanao must prepare in order to effectively and efficiently implement the program.”

It can be recalled that during the meeting last April 2, 2019, the Northern Mindanao Adhoc Committee on Regional Task Force on Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTFELCAC) was established and additional member agencies identified. Series of meetings, capacity building and coordination will be undertaken to launch the program this 2019.


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