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Cordillera RTF – ELCAC convenes under new CORDS as chairperson

BAGUIO CITY (PIA) - - The Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF – ELCAC) remains committed  in ensuring sustainable peace and bring development to remote communities in Cordillera, especially the local conflict – affected barangays.
Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong, the  RTF – ELCAC Cordillera co – vice chairperson,  presided over a meeting  on February 19, which primarily for each cluster to provide updates and accomplishments reports, for the guidance of the new Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security (CORDS) for Cordillera.

Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista is the newly appointed CORDS for Cordillera, and will sit as the chairperson of the RTF – ELCAC.

Mayor Benjamin Magalong (2nd from left) congratulates all the clusters of the RTF - ELCAC for their significant accomplishments, and calls for continuing united and enhanced campaign in pushing for a culture of peace and sustainable development in Cordillera. On his right is DOTr - CAR Asst. Regional Director Atty. Jose Villacorta who represented Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista, the new Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security (CORDS) for Cordillera. (CCD/PIA CAR)

Along with Magalong as vice chairperson is  Apayao Governor Elias Bulut Jr., as the current Regional Development Council chairperson.
The RTF ELCAC clusters  are namely;  Peace, Law Enforcement and Development  Support; Situational Awareness and Knowledge Management, Legal Cooperation; Strategic Communication; Poverty Reduction, Livelihood and Employment; International Engagement, Infrastructure and Resource Management , Local Peace Engagement; Basic Services; Local Government Empowerment,  and Sectoral Unification, Capacity Building, Empowerment and Mobilization.

Updates on the implementation of the ELCAC flagship programs such as the  the Support to Barangay Development Programs (SBDP), the Retooled Community Support Program (RCSP) and the Capacitating Urban Communities for Peace and Development (CUCPO) were reported during the meeting.

The SBDP aims to bring sustainable development program to formerly conflict – affected communities and barangays in geographically isolated and displaced areas. From 2021 to 2024, there  are a  total of 124 SBDP barangay beneficiaries in the region.

The RCSP serves as a convergence of various government programs and initiatives aimed  at addressing the root causes of insurgency,  and promoting peace and development in conflict – affected areas. To date, there are 146 RCSP barangay beneficiaries.

The CUCPO aims to enhance the delivery of basic services, local peace dialogue and promote the welfare of sectoral groups in urban communities. So far, there are 41 beneficiaries.

All the accomplishment reports, updates, and other concerns raised will be relayed to Bautista through  DOTr  Cordillera Assistant Regional Director Atty. Jose Villacorta, who represented  him  in the said meeting.

Philippine Army 5ID Commander MGen Audrey Pasia calls for continuing partnership with the RTF members in finally ending the local communist armed conflict, and in bringing development to the affected communities, and in depressed barangays. (CCD/PIA CAR)

Magalong assured that  the Cordillera RTF – ELCAC is  united and committed, and  through CORDS’  guidance, will  collaborate  to  help  ensure  sustainable peace and bring development to all the Cordillera communities, down to the remotest barangays. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)  

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Carlito Dar



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