THE remaining term of President Rodrigo Duterte in office will focus on gaining peace and security for the nation.
This was announced by Carlito G. Galvez Jr., the President’s peace adviser and Cabinet officer for Regional Development and Security for Region 3, during a recent virtual leveling meeting, organized by the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict 3 (RTF-Elcac 3).
About 600 leaders from national government agencies, local government units and the private sector joined the meeting.
The gathering was aimed at providing local task forces with knowledge on the strategy, tactics and programs being utilized by the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front and create greater synergy in efforts being carried out by the national, regional, provincial, city, municipal and barangay (village) task forces.
“The remaining eighteen months of the Duterte administration will be dedicated to implementing inclusive, integrated and multi-sectoral interventions that will enable us to sustain the gains of peace and move forward as one people and one nation,” Galvez said in his message read by consultant Abraham Claro Casis of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process.
“There is still much to be done in order to put an end to the communist armed rebellion in the country. But through a whole-of-nation approach, just and lasting peace is within reach,” the message added.
Galvez recognized the hard work and dedication of the RTF-Elcac 3 as evidenced by the collaborative efforts of its different clusters to promote good governance in the area.
“I am confident that we will be able to finally put an end to the decades-long communist rebellion and bring sustainable development and long-lasting peace to our people,” his message continued.
Executive Order 70 created the National Task Force on Elcac and subsequently the RTF-Elcacs.
Since its establishment, the RTF-Elacac 3 has helped capacitate various sectors such as the youth, labor, agriculture and the indigenous peoples through the delivery of basic services, provision of livelihood programs, grants of amnesty and other socioeconomic interventions.
“Peace is on the horizon, but it will not come on a silver platter. We must work for it, sustain it and protect it at all costs. Let us do this for our children and the future generations,” concluded Galvez in his message.