Pagsisikap ng NTF-ELCAC sa pagkamit ng ‘insurgency-free’ Davao, kinilala ni Marcos

Pagsisikap ng NTF-ELCAC sa pagkamit ng ‘insurgency-free’ Davao, kinilala ni Marcos

October 27, 2022 @ 6:36 PM 1 month ago

MANILA, Philippines- Kinilala ni Pangulong Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. nitong Huwebes nag papel ng National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) sa pagdeklara sa Davao region na “insurgency-free.”

Sa kanyang talumpati sa Eastern Mindanao Command Headquarters sa Panacan, Davao City, kinilala ni Marcos ang pagsisikap ng Philippine military, partikular na ang Eastern Mindanao Command, “in ensuring the protection and security of our people through your various civil and military operations.”

“In many ways, the program NTF-ELCAC has been around for a long time in different forms. During the Vietnam War, it was called the Doctrine of Hearts and Minds. Later on, it was still always referred to — earlier than that, we used to call it in government civic action, from the military,” sabi ni Marcos.

“But the NTF-ELCAC added many new dimensions to the concept. And that whole-of-nation concept that was attached to the NTF-ELCAC was I think what brought us success,” patuloy niya.

“Because instead of the rebel returnee or even the rebel fighter — instead of them only dealing with the military, now they deal with the entire government. And whatever it is that the government can give, that one is what we will give to those who are in need and to take away the reason for them to continue fighting against the government.”

Ang Regional Peace and Order Council–Davao (RPOC-11) ang lumagda sa resilusyon na nagdedeklara sa buong rehiyon na malaya na sa insurhensya.

Mandato ng NTF-ELCAC, na binuo sa administrasyon ni Duterte, “to ensure efficient and effective implementation of the whole-of-the­ nation approach for the attainment of inclusive and sustainable peace by prioritizing and harmonizing the delivery of basic services and social development packages in conflict affected areas and vulnerable communities, facilitating societal inclusivity and ensuring active participation of all sectors of society in the pursuits  of the country’s peace agenda.”

Naging kontrobesyal ang task foce sa nakaraang administraston dahil sa pag-uugnay sa mga kritiko ng pamahalaan at iba pang personalidad sa communist movement — na tinatawag na red-tagging.

Samantala, nanawagan naman si Marcos “to take an optimistic but cautious steps to mind that the goal of achieving long-lasting peace and order in the region cannot end just with this declaration.”

“And so I say this to our armed forces, that we must see these developments that perhaps in a way we can say that the Armed Forces, the uniformed forces in our country, your mission has shifted, it has changed a little bit,” ayon pa sa Pangulo.

“Whereas before, we asked you to be war fighters. Now, we ask you to be bringers of peace. And the success of the NTF-ELCAC program and all of the efforts of our military, of our police have shown in the reaping of the benefits that we celebrate today that the Davao provinces are insurgency-free,” aniya pa.

Sa gitna nito, sinabi ni Marcos na pwede anng ideklara ang Davao region bilang tourism at investment-ready destination, dahil magsisilbi umano itong “timely platform” upang palakasin ang post-pandemic economic growth at leverage ng rehiyon.

“In many ways, we have relaunched Davao as a tourism and investment destination. And I say that because in truth, Davao with its very active and vibrant economy, and the businesses who have been leading the way in Mindanao and do better than the national averages, have always been there,” sabi ni Marcos.

“It must also maintain its stature as a beacon of progress, where many facets of our landscapes and culture will be shared for those who will set foot on this rich land,” dagdag niya.

“It is my hope that all the things you have achieved here in Davao can also be replicated across the country,” ayon pa sa Pangulo. RNT/SA