RTF- ELCAC Bicol convenes, pursuit of just and lasting peace continues

The Bicol Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) or RTF Katoninongan Asin Kauswagan (RTF-ELCAC) met on June 29, 2020, to discuss the continuity of activities despite the temporary halt due to CoVid-19. Usec. Marvel C. Clavecilla of the Office of the Presidential Adviser for Bicol Affairs, presided the meeting via videoconference attended by its members and representatives from the National Security Council.


Some of the RTF Katoninongan Asin Kauswagan Members during its meeting held via Zoom

Sec. Gregorio B. Hosanan, Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security (CORDS) for Bicol, on his pre-recorded message, congratulated the Bicol RTF ELCAC for its collective and proactive efforts that made the region advanced in bringing peace and development. He challenges the RTF to continue what it has started to meet the target in the Bicol region.

The Peace and Development Program 2019-2022 is the enabling umbrella program of the Bicol RTF Katoninongan Asin Kauswagan to address the root causes of insurgencies, internal disturbances, and other armed conflicts and threats, for inclusive development. The Peace and Development Program composed of various PAPs of agencies and local government units are mostly intended for the geographic focus areas. The total investment requirement over a period of three (3) years amounted to PhP71.35 billion of which the PAPs amounting to PhP7.85 billion were submitted to the National Task Force ELCAC as inputs to the 2020 Barangay Development Package.

To assist the RTF-ELCAC in carrying its functions as provided under Executive Order No. 70, the RTF TWG was organized with senior technical personnel from 23 agencies, and two private sector representatives (one from the RDC PSR and one from the RPOC PSR) as members.

Meanwhile, Mayor Noel E. Rosal of Legazpi City, and Bicol RDC chairperson emphasized the importance of monitoring the region’s accomplishments in terms of project implementation, and to ensure that the programs, activities, and projects (PAPs) of the RTF are included in the annual budgets of the agencies.

As manifested in the reported accomplishments of the heads of the 12 RTF clusters for the first semester of 2020, the members remain sincere in their commitment to drive the region to its desired target. The active participation and steadfast efforts of the RTF members are vital to address the gaps encountered, and be more zealous to attain a just and lasting peace, in support to national development.