CATARMAN, Northern Samar –  In an effort to address the root cause of local armed conflict, the government through EO 70 orders the institutionalization  of the whole-of-nation approach as a government policy for the attainment of inclusive and sustainable peace.

DILG OIC Provincial Director Danilo Laguitan said the program is the government’s resolve to end the local communist rebellion by bringing the government services closer to the people with the end-in-view of ushering inclusive development to attain peace during the Kapihan sa PIA on March 3.

The officer-in-charge explained that the local government units shall champion the implementation of the Retooled Community Support Program (RCSP) and spearhead initiatives by engaging the community to collaborate and co-create with their local government developments and solutions to local issues.

Laguitan pointed out that RCSP is a convergence mechanism for LGUs particularly in the barangay for the identification of issues and needed government interventions.

He then explained that the program is anchored on the empowerment framework geared to provide needed government services to the community, open and access available platform for democratic participation where everyone is involved.

The LCE will serve as the head of the municipal task force, and being the head, he is in-charge of the deployment of the team to the target barangay for immersion, ensure that development initiatives are properly delivered, immediate needs properly addressed, and long-term needs are properly programmed for funding and implementation, he said.

As of this writing, the Provincial Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (PTF-ELCAC) was able to organize 232 Barangay Task Force in the towns of Allen, Catarman, Gamay, Laoang, Mondragon, Rosario, San Roque, Victoria, Lope de Vega, and San Isidro.

Of the 4 identified pilot municipalities in the province, only two municipalities finished with their Serbisyo Caravan and barangay development planning, as the other two towns still await the clearing operations to ensure perimeter security of the target barangays during the entire duration of the immersion is safe.(TBC/pia8northernsamar)