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Cordillera RTF-ELCAC 3rd Quarter Meeting (Sept. 22, 2021)

Author: DA Communications Group | 22 September 2021

As the Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security (CORDS) for Cordillera, Agriculture Secretary William Dar chaired the 3rd Quarter Meeting of the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) on September 22, 2021.

The Task Force tackled the insurgency situation in the region, updates on relevant programs implemented, and engaging the universities, colleges, and schools in preventing communist group recruitment, among other matters.

Secretary Dar urged the Task Force members to encourage the active participation of local government units (LGUs), particularly in barangays with insurgency by having meaningful dialogues with the community members outlining why they are discouraged to join insurgency movements.

“There should be a mechanism with which regularly the LGU at various levels should have dialogues particularly on grievances in the community against government and other things. We need to understand all these grievances and give proper consideration, to let them know that there is good governance at the LGU level,” Secretary Dar said.

He asked the concerned cluster to develop the said direction and work with the LGUs in the process.

“We have to strengthen the role of the local governments as the main mechanism to handle all these grievances and encouragement for people to stay with the Republic, in general,” the cabinet officer said. (Photo by Alan Jay Jacalan, DA-AFID)