PRRD to convene Cabinet, security officials
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.