6 towns told to organize anti-insurgency task forces

ILOILO – The municipalities of Alimodian, Calinog, Janiauy, Lambunao, Maasin, and Tubungan should organize task forces addressing their respective insurgency problems, according to the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

“We gave them a deadline,Nov. 30,” said DILG Iloilo provincial director Teodora Sumagaysay.

The Philippine Army previously confirmed to the DILG that 13 barangays in the six towns have insurgency problems – Alimodian, one; Maasin, one; Tubungan, one; Janiuay, two; and Lambunao, two.

It then suggested the formation of a “Municipal Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict” in each of the towns to coordinate efforts with government forces in line with Executive Order 70 that created the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC).

Executive Order 70, according to Sumagaysay, espouses a whole-of-nation approach in addressing communist armed conflict.

The Municipal Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict will serve as a convergence platform for the delivery of basic services down to the barangays “which will lead to good governance,” said Sumagaysay./PN


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