PRESS RELEASE From the National Security Adviser 15 April 2019

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte today rallied all instrumentalities of government, the private sector, and the entire Filipino nation to actively work together in a Whole-of-Nation Movement to address violent conflicts, as well as build a culture of peace and development throughout the country.

At the first meeting of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) held in Malacañang, President Duterte approved a National Plan that would integrate and harmonize the various efforts of the whole of government and of all sectors of society in delivering goods and services, as well as in providing for peace and security, especially in conflict-affected communities.

The members of the Cabinet and other heads of agencies who were present at the meeting agreed that the Whole-of-Nation Movement is not directed primarily at defeating the communist insurgency, but instead to demonstrate genuine good governance for the betterment of the lives of the people.

To effectively manage the Whole-of-Nation Movement, the President will assign specific Cabinet members to oversee the peace and development efforts in every region of the country.

The designated Cabinet Officer for the Region will be supported by a unified and integrated Regional Development Council (RDC) and Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC).

Also to be pursued in this regard is the fast-tracked implementation of the National Wifi and 911 projects in all barangays nationwide.

By effectively managing barriers and challenges to peace and development, the Whole-of-Nation Movement envisions to build resilient and robust communities that promote the welfare and well-being of the Filipino people.

The NTF-ELCAC was created by virtue of EO 70 (December 4, 2018) “to provide an efficient mechanism and structure for the implementation of the Whole-of-Nation approach to aid in the realization of the collective aspirations for inclusive and sustainable peace.”

It is chaired by the President and constituted by the heads of nineteen (19) concerned departments and agencies of government, including two (2) representatives from the private sector.

This is it.

We have done this convergence of RDC RPOC in Mimaropa as early as 2016. It was a good 3-yr practice, now is the real action.

Thanks Team Mimaropa for leading the way, together with Caraga.

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