NEGROS OCCIDENTAL, Sept. 20 (PIA6)-Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Assistant Secretary Roosque Calacat said ending communist insurgency is best dealt with good governance.
During the recent "Dagyaw" Regional Town Hall Meeting at the Iloilo Convention Center, he said the current administration believes Asia's longest rebellion can be addressed as the government makes its services available to every Filipinos.
"The President agreed that the best solution for the five-decade problem of insurgency does not lie on military efforts alone. It requires collective action where good governance must be at the forefront," Calacat said.
For this reason, he explained, the Executive Order 70 was implemented and modified this time directing the national government to organize the National Task Force- Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) in the country.
"Part of the commitment efforts of the department (DILG) in the implementation of the EO 70 is to identify and address governance gaps and bring government programs and projects down to where the needs are," he said before a crowd of more than 500 coming from the cross-section of the society in Region 6.
He said the government is open to participatory, inclusive, and sensitive to the people's needs.
Negros Occidental has recently organized its ELCAC provincial counterpart with Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson rallying Negrenses to support the program.
303rd Infantry Brigade commander Brigadier General Benedict Arevalo welcomed the support of the provincial government and is upbeat on the partnership of various government agencies that will bring services to the identified barangays here in Negros Occidental, mostly far-flung.
"The government is dead serious in battling the biggest spoiler of our country- the communist insurgency problem," Calacat said. (JBG/LLJR-PIA6)