AFP cascades nat’l task force plan to end local communist armed conflict

Security forces in Western Mindanao attended the cascading of the National Task Force’s implementing plan to end insurgency at Western Mindanao Command headquarters in Zamboanga City today, June 19.

President Rodrigo Duterte issued Executive Order No. 70, providing for the creation of a national task force and the adoption of a national peace framework to end local communist armed conflict in the country.

Under E.O. No. 70, the national task force is tasked to formulate and implement a national peace framework anchored on the whole-of-nation approach to address insurgency.

Complementing the peace efforts of local government units and national agencies, the framework pushes for inter-agency convergence and addresses insurgency through sector participation and peaceful mechanisms.

The AFP, through Colonel Arnulfo Bajarin, of the AFP Peace Development Office, presented the implementing plan in a meeting held in Camp Navarro, Calarian this morning.

Lt. Gen. Arnel Dela Vega, WestMinCom chief, said: “Synchronizing all efforts is an effective mechanism to combat insurgency. The framework is there to ensure that counter-insurgency actions reflect the local governments’ approach, and a unified and inclusive solution is employed to resolve insurgency.”

Present were Police BGen. Joselito Salido, of the Directorate for Integrated Police Operations; Police BGen Eugenio Paguirigan, of the Directorate for Operations; and other military, coast guard, and public officials.

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