Sun.Star Baguio

DILG revs up info drive vs. extremism in Cordi villages


THE DEPARTMENT of the Interior and Local Government ( DILG) continues to conduct activities in villages to strengthen the resiliency of community members against violent extremism and to prevent any future involvemen­t of citizens in harmful activities, an official said.

“These activities aim to provide village leaders with adequate knowledge that will encourage them to create preventive measures against violent extremism,” said Mary Jheama Canullas, DILG – Cordillera Administra­tive Region ( CAR) Local Government Operations Officer (LGOO) V and focal person on Prevention and Countering of Violent Extremism (PCVE).

DILG has 191 target barangays (villages) in the region for the series of activities. Of the 191 barangays; 15 are from Abra, 24 in Apayao, 16 in Kalinga, eight in Mountain Province, and 128 in Baguio City.

Meanwhile, JR Tenebro, LGOO IV of DILG – CAR explained that women, ethnic minorities, young people, religious groups are the identified sectors of the community that are vulnerable to radicaliza­tion and violent extremism.

“Despite being identified as members of the vulnerable sector, each still has a role in preventing and countering violent extremism. They should also be included in the decision-making processes of the barangay in order to prevent them from getting involved in violent extremist activities,” he said.

“They should be empowered to speak as credible voices, be involved in policy-making in their respective areas, and be politicall­y active not only at the local but also on the national level,” added Tenebro.

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