It is one of the national government’s mechanisms in implementing Executive Order 70 that President Duterte signed in December 2018 as a multi-pronged approach to address the motivation for insurgency.
During the Provincial Task Force-ELCAC consultative meeting on February 22, Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon posed the challenge of “creating prosperous communities” as “our number one defense against violent extremism.”
The administration of Gov. Solon has successfully engaged in an education campaign thru its Madaris Tarbiyyah Program to strengthen capacities of its Moro communities on the prevention of violent extremism by developing practical approaches to end radicalization, minimize conflict and promote peace.
In Sarangani, 16 far-flung communities will benefit from the caravan which would be conducted every Wednesday starting March 3 until July 7.
Lizette Lopez, provincial ELCAC focal person, said the 16 barangays were identified based on the guidelines of the Armed Forces of the Philippines as having been “cleared” from the activities of the Communist Party of the Philippines–New People's Army.
“Ibig sabihin, if cleared, services can now be delivered doon sa area,” Lopez said.
Each of the 16 barangays, she said, is eligible for a P20 million development assistance package from the national government which the community would identify from the list of projects provided by the Department of the Interior and Local Government. (Beverly C. Paoyon/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)