MISAMIS ORIENTAL (PIA)–The Executive Order No. 70 of President Rodrigo Duterte, known as the Whole-of-Nation Approach to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC) paved the way in reducing the armed guerilla fronts in Northern Mindanao, said an official of the 4th Infantry Division (4ID), Philippine Army.
In Talakayan sa PIA ELCAC series, media forum, 4ID Commander MGen Wilbur C. Mamawag said, “At the start of the implementation of Executive Order No. 70 diri sa northern Mindanao, aduna ta’y 12 ka armed groups or armed guerilla fronts. At this moment, 2022, three na lang ka guerilla fronts ang nahibilin na padayon nato nga gina-neutralize or assist.”
(At the start of the implementation of Executive Order No. 70 here in northern Mindanao, we have 12 armed groups or armed guerilla fronts. At this moment, 2022, there are only three guerilla fronts left that we continue to neutralize or assist.)
Mamawag attributed the decrease of armed guerilla groups to the resources and projects poured by various government agencies such as in health, education, and road networks to conflict-affected and geographically isolated and deprived areas.
Meanwhile, through the ‘Balik Loob Program,’ a total of 3,000 former rebels surrendered and returned to the folds of the law to receive financial assistance, livelihood, and various programs.
With the expected change of administration, Mamawag assured the public that the ELCAC will continue, especially with projects in the pipeline towards far-flung barangays.
As the government pushes for peace and eradicate the Communist Terrorist Groups-New Peoples Army (CTG-NPA), 4ID commander expressed that they want to resolve the conflict via peaceful means thus urging the remaining CTGs to surrender, return to their respective families, and avail the programs offered by the government. (JAKA/PIA-10)
4th Infantry Division, Philippine Army Commander Wilbur C. Mamawag (left) discusses accomplishments of the army through Executive Order 70 or the Whole-of-Nation Approach to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC) in Region 10 during the Talakayan sa PIA, ELCAC series, media forum at SM City Cagayan de Oro. (JAKA/PIA-10)