Mindanao Times

PRRD to convene Cabinet, security officials

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MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte will convene key officials of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), members of his Cabinet, and the security sector on Monday at Malacañang Palace to discuss and strengthen anti-insurgency efforts being undertaken by the government.

In a statement on Sunday, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. said the meeting will be participat­ed in by the Cabinet Officers Responsibl­e for Developmen­t and Security (CORDS) and other members of his Cabinet, the heads of the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) and the Regional Developmen­t Council (RDC), the Armed Forces of the Philippine­s (AFP), the Philippine National Police (PNP).

He said the Joint NTFELCAC and AFP-PNP Command Conference will serve as a platform for the President “to provide guidance on strengthen­ing convergenc­e efforts among all instrument­alities of the government.”

“In his ongoing directive to enhance existing mechanisms of good governance, the President had

repeatedly called on members of his administra­tion to address the economic and security concerns in conflictpr­one and conflict-affected areas,” said Esperon, who is also vice chairman of NTFELCAC.

Duterte signed Executive Order 70 last December 2018 to institutio­nalize the wholeof-nation approach in dealing with the communist terrorists through the NTF-ELCAC.

A whole-of-nation approach prioritize­s the delivery of basic services and social developmen­t packages by the government, facilitate­s societal inclusivit­y, and ensures active participat­ion of all sectors of the society in the pursuit of the country’s peace agenda.

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