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‘Make government be felt, end insurgency’

“Our barangay governments are with us because we want the government to be proximate, and our challenge to our Punong Barangays is to make the government be felt by ensuring that we will effectively deliver our services to the people.”

This is the statement of Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG-10) Regional Director Arnel Agabe during the conduct of “Ugnayan at Talakayan sa Barangay.”

He urged Misamis Oriental Punong Barangays to push for the operationalization of EO 70, otherwise known as the “Whole-of-Nation Approach” to end insurgency.

“We invited you to this activity because being considered as the ‘grassroots government’, you are the ones who directly provide services to our people, which makes the roles of our Punong Barangays critical in the Ending the Local Communist Armed Conflict,” Agabe said.

DILG-10 already issued a memorandum dated July 12 on the creation and functionality of a local task force to ELCAC down to the barangay level to fast-track implementation in addressing root causes of insurgencies, internal disturbances and tensions, and other armed conflicts and threats via EO 70.

“With EO 70 being a ‘Whole-of-Nation Approach,’ we expect that it will not only be the national government’s concern, but rather a harmonized effort from all of us, especially that we were given up to the year 2022 to attain our goal in ending insurgency,” he added. (dilg x)

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