“4ID Lauds Launching of RTF – ELCAC in Caraga; Vows Full Support”

By Army Diamond
June 28, 2019


The Joint RDC-RPOC Full Councils Meeting was highlighted with the presence of

Cabinet Secretary Alexie Karlo B Nograles, the designated Cabinet Officers for

Regional Development and Security (CORDS) for CARAGA Region as the Presiding

Officer together with the Chairperson of RPOC 13, outgoing Governor of Agusan del

Norte and Congresswoman-Elect Hon Maria Angelica Rosedell Amante-Matba, and

the Vice-Chairperson of RDC 13, Atty Bonifacio Uy, Regional Director of NEDA 13.


Also present were Co-Vice Chairperson of RPOC 13, Major General Franco Nemesio

M Gacal, Commander of 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division and Ms Lilibeth Famacion,

Regional Director of DILG 13, Head Secretariat of RPOC 13, Gov Santiago B Cane

Jr, Agusan del Sur, Gov Arlene J Bag-ao, Dinagat Islands, Gov Dale B Corvera,

Agusan del Norte, Gov Alexander T Pimentel, Surigao del Sur and Gov Francisco T

Matugas, Surigao del Norte. Several Mayors headed by Mayor Ronnie Vicente

Lagnada of Butuan City were also present during the activity.


The launching is the first of its kind and marked another milestone in the government’s

effort to end local communist armed conflict especially that CARAGA is one of the

priority regions of the National Task Force. As early as August 2018, NEDA 13, in

partnership with 402nd Brigade and cognizant stakeholders, particularly the RPOC

and RDC, spearheaded the formulation of the Peace and Development Zones (PDZs).


The PDZ recognizes the whole of nation approach in addressing the root causes of

insurgency and other forms of conflict and uses a conflict sensitivity lens in addressing

prevalent issues in the Conflict Affected Areas (CONAAs). With the directive of the

President, PDZ shall be the Region’s banner program to operationalize EO. 70 in order

to address the root causes of insurgencies, internal disturbances and tensions, and

other forms armed conflict and threats. It aims to promote the establishment of durable

peace and inclusive development. Several proposed programs and projects based on

identified needs will be implemented in focused areas now called PDZs. The PDZ has

become the template as banner program for the implementation of the Executive

Order in other Regions.


In his message, Secretary Nograles said, “I will be your bridge in Malacanang and will

ensure that the proposed programs and projects will have appropriate budget for

implementation”. He also stated that his function is to assist in articulating the region’s

concern; assist in seeking efficient and orderly resolution of problems; preside over

joint meetings of RDC and RPOC to harmonize peace and security and development

efforts; and ensure that all projects, programs and activities are well implemented.

In his statement, Col Maurito L Licudine, Commander of 402nd Infantry Brigade said,

“We are elated that finally, the RTF-ELCAC is created here in CARAGA as the

operationalization of the whole of Nation Approach in addressing the insurgency

problem. The RTF-ELCAC mechanism will synergize the inter-agency convergence

embodied in the creation of 12 Clusters addressing the various concerns that is fueling

the insurgency problem. In our part, we ensure our continuous commitment towards

any government counter – insurgency efforts and assume our full support to the RTF-



Likewise, Col Alllan D Hambala, Commander of 401st Infantry Brigade expressed his

excitement on the launching of RTF-ELCAC of CARAGA as it will pave the way for a

focused and harmonized agency intervention in addressing the insurgency problem.

Maj Gen Gacal on his part emphasized, “We are truly grateful for this activity and we

offer our full commitment and support to the RTF-ELCAC CARAGA Region. This will

further advance, synchronize and harmonize our convergence efforts to finally achieve

our common aspirations for lasting peace and inclusive development. We call on all

peace-loving people of CARAGA for your continued support since there are still a lot

of works to be done. Other regions will look up to CARAGA as the role model in the

implementation of our convergence efforts and this is a welcome challenge to all the

members of the Task Force.” “The same activity will be conducted in Bukidnon this

Friday, 28 June 2019 and just the same, we are excited of the launching”, Gacal



The launching of RTF-ELCAC is in line with President Duterte’s proclamation of

Executive Order No. 70 last December 28, 2019. It institutionalizes the Whole-of-

Nation Approach in attaining inclusive and sustainable peace, creating a national task

force to end local communist armed conflict, and directing the adoption of a national

peace framework. It provides an efficient mechanism as a government policy for the

attainment of inclusive and sustainable peace.



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