Galvez underscores the successes of LPEs under NTF-ELCAC

Galvez underscores the successes of LPEs under NTF-ELCAC

By Tracy Cabrera

Presidential peace adviser Carlito Galvez Jr. (second from right) in a localized peace engagement activity with communist insurgents. (Photo courtesy: PRO MIMAROPA-PNP)

PASIG CITY, METRO MANILA — Days before President Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. delivers his very first State of the Nation Address (SoNA), presidential peace adviser Carlito Galvez Jr. took pride in the successes scored by localized peace engagements (LPEs) conducted by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity (OPAPRU) under the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC).
“At present, there are 14 LPEs with former Communist Terrorist Groups (CTG) members that resulted in the mainstreaming of 829 former rebels in 11 ELCAC areas. At least 1,627 former CTG rebels were provided with social insurance in 2021,” the former Army general boasted.

Galvez added that in the Zamboanga Peninsula alone, six guerilla fronts had been dismantled due to the LPE while 374 CTG members surrendered in the region with the collaboration of concerned local government units (LGUs), the military, and the Philippine National Police (PNP).

“For Region XI or the Davao region, under the LPE program, at least 125 Ata-Manobo Indigenous People (IP) families were reintegrated from Haran and provided shelter. The P11.25 million housing project is a concrete manifestation of the government’s commitment to helping the victims, who for many years, had been exploited by the Communist Party of the Philippines-New Peoples’ Army (CPP-NPA),” he pointed out.

“The government is trying to put in its resources to really help the people. Through this project, we would like to bring together those families who have been divided by the Haran,” he further said.

In Davao Oriental, several orientations on EO 70 and Implementation Planning Workshop were successfully conducted in 13 barangays in the province while eight capacity-building programs on LPE were carried-out in Davao de Oro.

The peace orientations and capacity-building sessions were designed to uproot the 10 to 30 years of long dark and violent history of the people with the CPP-NPA-NDF armed violence.

The Provincial Government of Davao Oriental has replicated the same program in all of the areas identified by the Philippine Army. The government is persistent in establishing good governance among its constituency.
At present, Davao City has been declared free from insurgency and the whole Davao region is now benefitting from various investments as it finally experienced a more conducive environment for development.

As the former Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security in Region III or Central Luzon, Galvez said the LPE helped dismantle KLG Sierra Madre, KLG Caraballo, and Larangan Guerilla sa Patag 1, and cleared 36 communist-affected barangays.

“The LPE brought together the stakeholders through dialogue and problem-solving sessions on addressing pressing issues in the communities,” he concluded. (ai/mtvn)

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