CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City – The Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict 10 (RTF-ELCAC 10) recognized the leadership and contribution of the four (4) former Technical Working Group (TWG) Chairpersons namely GEN ANDRES C CENTINO (former 4ID Comdr and now Chief of Staff, AFP), LTGEN FRANCO NEMESIO M GACAL (RET) (former 4ID Comdr, TIG, AFP, and now retired), LTGEN ROMEO S BRAWNER JR. (former 4ID Comdr, and the incumbent Commanding General of Philippine Army), and BGEN FERDINAND T BARANDON (incumbent 403Bde Comdr who once served as the Interim Chairperson).
The Plaques of Appreciation were given in the presence of the Regional Director of National Economic and Development Authority-10 (NEDA-10), Mylah Faye Aurora B. Cariño and the Assistant Regional Director of Department of Interior and Local Government, Region-10 (DILG-10) Ms Yvette Tolentino-Sunga, during the 2nd Quarter 2022 RTF-ELCAC 10 Meeting held on Monday, June 20, 2022 at Alcoseba Hall, Camp Evangelista, Patag, CDO City.
GEN CENTINO flew in to personally receive the award along with BGEN BARANDON while the plaque for LTGEN BRAWNER was received by MGEN MAMAWAG. LTGEN GACAL also attended thru VTC.
The RTF-ELCAC-10 cited the former TWG Chairpersons’ exemplary performance and demonstrated capability, competence, commitment, professionalism, and sincerity in working with stakeholders during their stints as TWG Chair, which resulted in significant gains towards sustaining peace and inclusive development in Northern Mindanao Region.
Meanwhile, Undersecretary Lorraine Badoy of the Presidential Communication Operations Office (PCOO), the Acting Chairperson of RTF-ELCAC 10 and concurrently one of the Spokespersons of NTF – ELCAC, who attended through VTC, conveyed her heartfelt gratitude to RTF-ELCAC-10 and congratulated them for battling the five-decade insurgency problem thru good governance that effectively regained the people’s trust. “Kayo ang mga totoong bayani na hindi mababayaran. With your collective efforts, we hope to empower communities to participate in developing a culture of peace. Therefore, I congratulate everyone for your active and relentless drive to sustain the programs of NTF-ELCAC, geared towards ending the communist’s insurgency,” she added.
In a statement, MGEN MAMAWAG praised his predecessors for guiding RTF-ELCAC TWG to where it is today, doing target-focused and synergized planning to accelerate implementation of peace and developmental projects aimed at providing better opportunities for the people in conflict-affected communities while offering the hand of reconciliation to CTG remnants willing to abandon the armed struggle and return to the path of peace.