The creation of the Provincial Task Force on Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (PTF-ELCAC) also got the support of the Negros Occidental Sangguniang Panlalawigan.
During its regular session yesterday, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan on motion of Board Member Jose Benito Alonso, Peace and Order committee chairperson, unanimously concurred in the joint resolution of the Provincial Peace and Order Council, as well in the Provincial Development Council approving the d PTF-ELCAC creation.
This is in compliance with Executive Order No. 70 issued by President Rodrigo Duterte that institutionalizes the Whole-of-Nation Approach in attaining inclusive and sustainable peace.
Following its creation, the PTF-ELCAC chaired by Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson is slated to hold another workshop on how to deliver government services, especially to the areas affected by the New People’s Army in Negros, after its formal launching.
Earlier, Interior and Local Governent Secretary Eduardo Año had said that the PTF-ELCAC play a key role in addressing the decades-old local communist problem, because local government executives are more grounded on the societal issues in their localities that are being exploited by communist terrorist groups to influence locals to take up arms against the government.
Meanwhile, the PTF-ELCAC of Negros Oriental is scheduled to hold a “Caravan on Basic Services” today in rebel-influenced Brgy. Trinidad, Guihulngan City, 1Lt Revekka Roperos, 303rd Infantry Brigade Civil Military Operations Officer, said.
The 303rd Infantry Brigade also participated in the “Walk for Peace” initiated by the Diocese of San Carlos in the poblacion of Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental, where numerous killings had taken place in the past.
Monsignor Eugene Peral, vicar general of San Carlos City Diocese, with 10 priests and pastors from different religious, led the 700 soldiers, police, local government officials, employees, teachers and students in the 1.2 kilometer “Walk for Peace” around the Guihulngan City poblacion, Roperos said.
Brig. Gen. Benedict Arevalo, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, said in a statement that he appreciated the effort of the Church in unifying the people in the quest for genuine peace.
The “Walk for Peace” activity was highlighted by ecumenical prayers, rendered by the pastors from different religious sects, candle offering directed towards unification among the church, government forces and people to peacefully call for an end to violence, after the spate of killings in Negros Oriental more than a month ago, after a mass officiated by Msgr. Peral.*
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