Emergency Command Center. Senator Bong Go, in a simple ceremony at Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center Thursday handed over to Baguio City Officials headed by Mayor Benjamin Magalong and Congressman Mark Go the P200 million cheque fro President Rodrigo Roa Duterte for the establishment of an Emergency Command Center patterned to the 911 On Call system of Davao City. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

Cordillera Model OFW Families. Land-based OFW Angelina Calaowa (6th from left - back row) joined by husband and family members on her left side and Sea - based OFW Alfonso Maico (7th from left - back row) with his wife and family in a photo opportunity during the OWWA - CAR led 2019 MOFYA regional awarding ceremony. Joining them at front row are OWWA - CAR Director Manuela Peña (2nd from right) and members of the MOFYA Regional Search and Screening Committee. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

Independent PNP Internal Affairs. Regional Internal Affairs Service Advisory Council chairperson Atty. Alan Antonio Mazo (2nd from left) with council members Leonarda Aguinalde (middle) of the academe, Rachelle Ann Velilia (4th from left) of the youth sector and PIA - CAR Director Helen Tibaldo (government sector) presents the council resolution calling for the independence of the IAS from the PNP and supporting a House Bill filed by Davao Rep. Jericho Nograles for its transfer to DILG. Joining them, in the Kapihan media forum at PIA Cordillera office is RIAS - CAR Deputy Regional Director P/Lt. Col. Marcial Paclibon (left). (Lito Dar/PIA CAR

Baguio visitors enjoying the Snow Fall at Baguio Country Club's Christmas Village that formally opened last Saturday, Oct. 26. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

Newly Refurbished. DepED OIC Director for Bureau of Learning Service Atty. Mark Bragado (left) with Baguio Teachers Camp Superintendent Dr. Diosdado Medina leads the ribbon cutting and blessing of the camp's administration building and other renovated/rehabilitated buildings inside Teachers Camp, Thursday, that include the Albert, Qurino, Rohas and Carlos P. Romulo Halls for better service to the Education Department's functions and to other clients. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

Senior Citizens' Affairs. DSWD - CAR Asst. Regional Director for Operations Amelyn Cabrera (right) administer the oath taking of the newly elected officers of the Regional Federation of Senior Citizens Association of the Philippines that include Alfred Anod (President), David Asencio (Vice President), Edita Ibarra (Secretary) and Rufino Dolipas (Treasurer) during the 2nd semester consultation dialogue for Regional Inter - Agency Committee on Senior Citizen/Regional Monitoring Board and RFSCAP at Eurotel Baguio City, Thursday. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

Malasakit Center. Senator Bong Go, in a simple ceremony Thursday, handed over to Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center Director Ricardo Ruñez the P5 million check from the office of the President for the initial operations of the BGHMC Malasakit Center, the 50th of its kind all over the country. Go also pledges another P5 million for emergency health assistance for indigent patients. Witness during the ceremony were Baguio officials headed by Mayor Benjamin Magalong and Congressman Mark Go and Benguet Governor Melchor Diclas. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

Gains, challenges in Luzon peace and dev't up in Manila Summit

PASAY CITY, Oct. 15 (PIA)--Cabinet secretaries, top regional government officials and local chief executives of Luzon, and key stakeholders converged in Manila on Monday to sustain the gains of inclusive and sustainable peace, and address the gaps in the fight against the Philippines’ 50-year old insurgency problem.

Cabinet Officers for Regional Development and Security or CORDS and their representatives, pose for a photo with local chief executives, national government officials, and top regional heads of host region Metro Manila during the Luzon-wide Summit  for Peace and Development held in Manila on Monday, Oct. 14. (Photo by Gelaine Gutierrez/PIA-NCR)

In his speech, to open the Summit National Security Adviser and Director General of the National Security Council Hermogenes Esperon Jr related why President Rodrigo Roa Duterte terminated the peace talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines - New Peoples's Army - National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) and how the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict was created.

"Let me just give you a background why in November 2017 the President terminated the peace talks with NDF. There were attempts to revive the peace talks. But the President found out that they were proposing for a coalition government, meaning the National Democratic Front and the CPP-NPA will play a role in running government. Because of that, the President said, I cannot give you the mandate given to me by the people in the elections, and therefore, definitely, there will be no more talks if that is your wishes,”Esperon said.

“Some events that led to the formation or creation of the National Task Force [to End Local Communist Armed Conflict]... We all know that at the onset of the administration, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte went for a national peace talks with the National Democratic Front, Communist Party of the Philippines, and New People’s Army. He even showed his sincerity by appointing several members of the National Democratic Front to his Cabinet,” Esperon added.

"Instead, they went on their usual activities of attacking communities, attacking construction companies, and exacting illegally from businesses and from small people," he said.          

“Unfortunately, the peace talks could not move on because of, for one, they on their side would not agree to a cessation of hostilities or ceasefire, unilateral or bilateral,” he clarified.

"And so, because of their insincerity, the President declared in Nov. 2017 a termination of the national peace talks," he said.

President Duterte, by virtue of Proclamation No. 360 signed on Nov. 23, 2017, declared the termination of peace negotiations with the CPP-NPA-NDF.

Government then focused on establishing mechanisms for local peace engagements, negotiations, or interventions, and the National Task Force to End Local Government Armed Conflict was born through Executive Order 70 in December 2018.

"It went on, we designated the CORDS, (Cabinet Officers for Regional Development and Security) the Regional Task Forces were formed, and we went to the provinces, and regions, and today we have all the regions organized," Esperon said, adding that, "Aside from the regions, many have come up with the provincial task forces, and many have gone down to the municipal, towns, as well as barangays."

“What we are having actually is the Luzon Summit meaning this is the meeting that gathers all the regional task forces in Luzon, eight of them, as we assess we are now,” he added.

Esperon said their current engagements went as far as sending a delegation of indigenous peoples to Europe and the United States in order to belie the twisted narratives that government has been committing atrocious acts against their sector and interact with the Filipino community and foreign government officials there.

           National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. (PIA-NCR photo)

Meanwhile, among the highlights of the Summit include the presentation  of accomplishments and challenges of the eight Luzon Regional Task Forces to End Local Communist Armed Conflict. The results were then synthesized by Regional Development Council-NCR and Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Chairperson Danilo Delapuz Lim.

Among these are the conduct of: thorough assessment of existing security threats, anti-insurgency awareness campaigns, speaker and messenger trainings, job fairs in NPA-affected communities, skills and employment training for stakeholders including former rebels, and the construction of road networks to far flung areas of Luzon and key areas to boost economic activities, among others.

“Today, we have witnessed the hard work of the Regional Task Forces ELCAC,” Lim said.

For the National Capital Region, Lim reported that the region has strengthened its community support program, and capacitated urban communities for peace and development, while at the same time, enhancing its inter-agency coordination.

“In line with the ASEAN Foreign Ministers Joint Communiqué on Aug. 5, 2017, which reaffirms the importance and effectiveness of the whole-of-nation approach as opposed to a purely military strategy,” Lim stressed.

“Our Chief Executive has called all of us into action. A convergence of the government at all levels, civil society, and the private sector,” Lim said.

It can be recalled that the CPP-NPA have for decades posed and positioned themselves as a revolutionary organization that will liberate the masses from a thoughtless and abusive government which they portray in their one-sided reports and fabricated facts and propaganda.

In response, Executive Order 70 issued by President Duterte, also known as the whole-of-nation approach in attaining inclusive and sustainable peace, is aimed to end local communist armed conflict through the creation of a national task force and regional task forces that will take the lead in institutionalizing a national peace framework and promote inclusive governance.

In Oct. 10, six RTF–ELCAC in Mindanao gathered in Cagayan De Oro City to address gaps and ensure the sustainability of efforts in solving the insurgency problem in Mindanao.

The RTF-ELCAC summit will be conducted in Visayas this month and the results of the summits will be presented to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte during the National Summit.

                 CORDS for NCR, Public Works Secretary Mark Villar (PIA-NCR photo)

For his part, DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, the host CORDS said, “right now, we are on track to put an end on this rebellious outbreak of insurgencies by institutionalizing a whole-of-nation approach through our inclusive ways of non-armed approach and governance with the communist terrorists.”

“Our program such as improving the flow of basic needs and services, elevating the human and social aspects, and faster pace of communication, develops a synchronized and smarter community to conflict-affected areas, which spurs the growth of our institutions,” Villar added.

“So I strongly believe that communication and social inclusion is a key factor in attaining of peace in Luzon and the rest of the country,” he said.

Those who attended the Luzon-wide Summit for Peace and Development with the CORDS or Cabinet Officers for Regional Development and Security held at the Philippine International Convention Center were Public Works Secretary Mark Villar (Host CORDS-National Capital Region), National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. (CORDS-Region 1), Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello II (CORDS-Region 2), Department of Agriculture Undersecretary Francisco Villano Jr who represented Secretary William Dar (CORDS-CAR), Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, Reconciliation and Unity Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. (CORDS-Region 3), Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año (CORDS-CALABARZON), Department of Energy Undersecretary Alexander Lopez who stood in for Secretary Alfonso Cusi (CORDS-MIMAROPA), and Presidential Adviser for Bicol Affairs Marvel Clavecilla for Information and Communication Technology Secretary Gregorio Honasan II (CORDS-Region 5).

Present also during the event were NTF ELCAC executive director and National Commission on Indigenous Peoples Chair Secretary Allen Capuyan, who brought with him members of the indigenous peoples, who all have stories to tell about how each suffered by the hands of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army.

Local Chief Executives also participated in the Summit, among them are Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez, Cagayan Governor Manuel Mamba, La Union Governor Francisco Ortega III, Zambales Governor Hermogenes Ebdane Jr., Marinduque Governor Presbitero Velasco Jr., Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong.

The CORDS have been delegated by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to oversee in their regions the peace and development efforts and assist in the prompt and orderly resolution of problems in government operations. (PIA-NCR)

By Jerome Carlo R. Paunan




  • Malasakit Center for indigent patients now open at BGHMC

    BAGUIO CITY, Nov. 12 (PIA) - - Emergency medical assistance for indigent patients is now available at the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC) with the opening of the government’s 50th Malasakit Center here   on November 7.

  • Baguio crime rate drops by 5 percent this year

    BAGUIO CITY  – The Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) reported the crime rate in the city continues to decrease following the implementation of various programs, projects and interventions by the city police force to sustain the peace and order situation that has placed the country’s Summer Capital’s one of the peaceful cities not only in the country but also in the Southwest Asian region over the past years.

  • 2 Baguio schools get new buildings

    BAGUIO CITY  – The Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and \industry (FFCCCI) and the Baguio Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BFCCCI) formally turned two newly constructed schoolbuildings over to the concerned stakeholders of two public schools in the different parts of the city to help provide additional classrooms for the increasing student population in the said schools.

  • Olowan reports on 100-day council accomplishment

    BAGUIO CITY  – The city legislative body is headed towards the right direction in the legislating appropriate measures in support of the administration’s 15-point collective agenda.

  • DPWH asks for public understanding as Marcos Highway reblocking starts

    BAGUIO CITY, Nov. 7(PIA) -- The Department of Public Works and Highways – Baguio City District Engineering Office (DPWH-BCDEO) appeals for public understanding on the expected traffic build up with the rehabilitation of the two sections of Marcos Highway.


  • Mankayan town embraces land banking for future use

    MANKAYAN, Benguet  – The municipal government embraced land banking as one of its main thrust that will allow the realization of the programmed expansion and future development projects that will move the municipality to greater heights.

  • Closure of Kennon road faces stiff opposition

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet  – The tremendous opposition to the proposed closure of the scenic and historic Kennon road to vehicular traffic for at least three years continues to snowball as the provincial board is on the verge of passing a resolution against the said plan.

  • DPWH-SBDEO officials charged for grave abuse of authority

    BUGUIAS, Benguet  – Some officials of the Department of Public Works and Highways – Second Benguet District Engineering Office (DPWH-SBDEO) were charged before the Office of the Ombudsman for alleged awarding a multi-million public works infrastructure project amounting to P56.7 million amidst defects in the contractor’s previous projects in violation of pertinent provisions of Republic Act (RA) 9184 or the Government Procurement Act.

  • Benguet Adivay Festival 2019 opens

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Nov. 7(PIA) -- Gong beating and blowing of bamboo horns signaled the opening of Benguet’s 119th Foundation Anniversary celebration thru the Adivay Festival 2019 on Wednesday (Nov. 6).

  • Police told to strictly implement traffic, transportation laws

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Nov. 8 (PIA) -- The Philippine National Police  intensifies   enforcement of laws on  transportation and traffic rules with  emphasis on overloading and  hitching  rides to help ensure  the safety of the riding public.

Mt. Province

  • Mountain Province share national accounting awards limelight

    BONTOC, Mountain Province – The provincial government and three municipal governments stole the limelight in the recently concluded annual gathering of the Association of Government Certified Public Accountants of the Philippines as the same were adjudged for having the best accounting offices in their categories.

  • Consumers learn about sustainable consumption

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Oct. 29 (PIA)--Consumers in the province learned about sustainable consumption in a live kapihan among Consumernet-member agencies led by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in coordination with Radyo Pilipinas in celebration of Consumer Welfare Month.

  • Sagada LGU bans entry of live pigs, pork meat and products

    SAGADA, Mountain Province, Oct. 25 (PIA)-- The entry of live pigs, pork meat and pork products is banned in this town to ensure that it remains free from the African Swine Fever (ASF).

  • Mt. Province among high complying LGUs in road clearing operations

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Oct. 25(PIA)--  The ten   municipal  government  units  in the province  have   diligently implemented the   presidential directive to clear all public  roads  in their jurisdictions  of obstructions  making  Mountain Province   among the high complying provinces  nationwide  based on the assessment released by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

  • DOH-CAR starts feeding program for undernourished kids,pregnant women

    PARACELIS, Mountain Province, Sept. 26 (PIA) -- The Department of Health Center of Health Development (DOH-CHD) Cordillera under its Nutrition Program started a feeding program for nutritionally-at-risk pregnant women and undernourished under-five children in nine barangays in this town.


  • Ifugao students trained on basic life support

    HINGYON, Ifugao, Nov. 13 (PIA) - - Government agencies here are continuously providing enhancement training to students to be disaster first responders in the community to prevent the loss of lives and properties.

  • A. Lista stude tops 1st PhilHealth quiz bee in Ifugao

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Nov. 13 (PIA) - -  A student from Alfonso Lista topped  the “First PhilHealth National Quiz Bee”   conducted by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation in partnership with the Department of Education  in the province.

  • Ifugao PPOC,PDAC declare NPAs persona non-grata

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Nov. 8 (PIA) - - The Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) and the Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (PADAC)  passed a joint resolution declaring the Communist Party of the Philippines, New People’s Army, National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF)  and other threat groups as persona non-grata.

  • Senior citizens urged to stay healthy, productive

    TINOC, Ifugao, Oct. 31(PIA) - - “Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.  Do not regret growing older, it’s a privilege denied to many. Age is not a matter of mind, and if you don’t mind, it does not matter.”

  • Ifugao PDRRMC reorganized

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Oct.30 (PIA) - - Governor Jerry Dalipog has   re-organized and expanded the membership of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) to help sustain the gains of partnership with and among public and private sectors in building disaster resilience, institutionalizing arrangement and measures for reducing the risks of disasters including the projected climate risks and enhance disaster preparedness and response capabilities at all levels.





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