Government introduces ‘whole-of-nation’ approach against insurgency

The National Economic Development Authority Region X (NEDA X) Regional Development Council in partnership with the Provincial Government of Misamis Occidental, 1st and 4th Infantry Divisions and the Tenth Infantry (Steady…On) Battalion of the Philippine Army conducted the Provincial Cascading on Executive Order Nr 70, Convergence Areas for Peace and Development, and Validation of Needs Workshop at the Provincial Cultural and Farmers Training Center, Capitol Drive, Lower Lamac, Oroquieta City on Thursday, May 30.

Present during the activity were Brigadier General Roberto Ancan, Commander of the 1st Infantry Dision, Philippine Army; Major General Franco Nemesio Gacal, Commander of the 4th Infantry Division. Philippine Army; Lieutenant Colonel John Andrada, Commanding Officer of the 10th Infantry Battalion; Attorney Ricardo Lumantas, Provincial Administrator of Misamis Occidental, Director Mylah Faye Aurora Carino, CESO III, Regional Director of NEDA; and representatives from the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency, Department of Interior and Local Government, and other government agencies.

Thirty-two barangay captains of the barangays under the Convergence Areas for Peace and Development participated in the said activity.

The Executive Order Nr. 70 signed by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on December 4, 2018, aimed at institutionalizing the whole-of-nation approach in attaining inclusive and sustainable peace, creating a national task force to end local communist armed conflict, and directing the adoption of a national peace framework.

“We are in full support to the implementation of the EO 70 as this whole-of-nation approach will be of great help in our efforts against insurgencies, internal disturbances and tensions, and other armed conflicts and threats in our area of operation,” expressedLieutenant General Arnel B. Dela Vega, commander of the Western Mindanao Command.

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