CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City – MGEN WILBUR C MAMAWAG, Commander of the 4ID, stated that Ending the Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC), borne out of the Executive Order No. 70 issued by President Rodrigo Duterte, has been very effective with government agencies and LGU cooperation.
This, he said during his live interview as a resource person at the “Talakayan sa PIA: ELCAC Series” organized by the Philippine Information Agency Region 10 (PIA-10) on Thursday, June 16, 2022 at Ground Floor of SM Mall Uptown, CDO City.
Hosted by Ms. Jasper Marie O. Rucat and Mr. Vincent Philip Bautista of PIA-10, the event centered on the efficiency of NTF-ELCAC in 4ID’s campaign in Northern Mindanao and Caraga regions.
MGEN MAMAWAG explained that the EO 70 is the convergence of efforts that brings all government agencies and LGUs together under the principle of whole-of-nation approach to address insurgency.
“EO 70 allows government agencies to re-prioritize and focus its resources to conflict-affected communities including Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDAs), in terms of high-impact projects and services such as but not limited to health, education, and road networks.” MGEN. MAMAWAG said.
“When EO 70 started, we had 12 Communist Terrorist Groups Guerilla Fronts (GF) on record. Now, there are only three (3) remaining GF. More than 2000 former rebels (FR) have enrolled in the government’s Balik-Loob Program or Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) while another 800 FR (including supporters) whose benefits are being processed.” MGEN MAMAWAG explained.