DUMAGUETE CITY, Aug. 8 (PIA) — Heads of line agencies comprising the Negros Oriental Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NOTF ELCAC) convened yesterday and created the 12 clusters that will implement strategies to resolve issues that contribute to the insurgency problem in the province.
Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo and Vice Gov. Dr. Mark Macias spearheaded the seminar-workshop on creating the 12 clusters of NOTF ELCAC held at the Visionaire’s Lounge, Provincial Convention Hotel, this city in partnership with Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Provincial Director Dennis Quiñones who served as the lead facilitator of the event.
Degamo and Macias serve as the chairperson and vice-chairperson of the NOTF ELCAC, respectively, while DILG is the task force secretariat based on the organizational chart created by the provincial government.
The 12 clusters that were formed during the workshop are Situational Awareness and Knowledge Management Cluster with the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) and Office of the Governor as the lead agencies; Local Government Empowerment Cluster with DILG and Office of the Governor as lead agencies; Legal Cooperation Cluster with the Provincial Prosecutors Office as the lead agency; and Strategic Communication Cluster with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) as an attached agency of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) as lead agency and supported by other PCOO bureaus in the province, namely the Philippine News Agency (PNA), and the People’s Television Network (PTV).
Other clusters created during the conference are Sectoral Unification, Capacity Building and Development Cluster with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) as lead agencies; Basic Services Cluster with DILG as lead agency; Poverty Reduction, Livelihood, and Employment Cluster with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Office of the Governor, and DOLE as lead agencies; and Infrastructure Resource Management and Employment Cluster with the Provincial Engineer’s Office (PEO), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) as lead agencies.
The last three clusters are Peace, Law Enforcement, and Development Support Cluster with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) as lead agencies; E-CLIP and Amnesty Program Cluster with DILG as lead agency; and International Engagement Cluster with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Office of the Governor, and PNP as lead agencies.
The formulation of these clusters are patterned from the clusters at the national level.
In his message, Degamo called for cooperation among the line agencies as the provincial government underscores its goal to make the province insurgency-free.
“By 2021 to 2022, hopefully mawala na gyud ang insurgency sa atong probinsiya sa Negros Oriental (Hopefully, we will be able to eliminate insurgency in our province by 2021 to 2020). This is our target,” Degamo said.
He revealed that the Sangguniang Panlalawigan has approved the P5 million proposed budget intended for the implementation of the plans, programs, and projects of the task force.
During the workshop, Quiñones presented some key issues gathered by the officers of the AFP that are associated to the insurgency problem in the province.
The top five issues linked to insurgency are Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARB) issues, non-issuance of tenurial instrument by concerned agency, lack of coordination of different agencies particularly on issuance of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) and senior citizens cards, inadequate information campaign efforts, and inclusion and exclusion on the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), poor access roads, and poor infrastructure support facilities.
Heads of line agencies were asked to formulate interventions to address these problems.
These interventions will be carried out in seven priority Local Government Units (LGUs) that are affected by insurgency, namely: Canlaon City, Guihulngan City, Siaton, Zamboanguita, Sta. Catalina, Valencia, and Ayungon towns.
Also present during the workshop were Ayungon Mayor Erwin Agustino of Ayungon and Sta. Catalina Mayor Peve Ligan.
Meanwhile, Philippine Army’s 302nd Infantry Battalion Commander BGEN. Ignacio Madriaga emphasized that the interventions crafted during the seminar-workshop provide long term solutions to problems linked to insurgency, noting that this is the main objective of the “whole of nation” approach of the government in solving insurgency. (ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental)
Source: PIA Feed