A memorandum of agreement to jointly implement Executive Order No. 70 or the “Whole-of -Nation” approach against insurgency was signed between TESDA Provincial Director Gabriel Cayacay and Police Senior Inspector Wiltz Konrad Sally, Company Commander of the 1503rd Maneuver Coy.
Under the MOA, personnel of the 1503rd Maneuver Company, RMFB 15-PRO COR will be trained on applicable skills to increase personnel competency. They will become trainers for the youth and other vulnerable groups as a means of directing the right path for citizens to become productive instead of joining the insurgents.
Aside from ensuring the safety and providing security during information operations and Police Community Relations, they will also promote the programs of TESDA and help recruit the youth to undergo training at the TESDA Provincial Training Center.
“I believe that in partnering with other government agencies that have the expertise in capacitating people and resources in addressing their needs, we can be able to uplift their status in life,” Sally said.
Sally hopes the MOA gives their unit the opportunity to reinforce the holistic adolescent development of the young to become more participative during youth development sessions as well as to prevent them from risk and vulnerabilities under their “Kapayapaan at Kaalaman” banner program.
On the part of TESDA, Cayacay assured they will implement training courses to everyone with all the benefits.
“In response to EO 70, we offer the needed skills to capacitate people particularly the youth and empower them to seek employment and engage in livelihood projects,” he said. However, he appealed for convergence since TESDA could not do the job alone hence this partnership with other agencies. TESDA and DICT have also partnered in training the youth on computer literacy.
EO 70 signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on December 4, 2018 institutionalizes the whole-of nation approach in attaining inclusive and sustainable peace.
The approach aims to address “the root causes of insurgencies, internal disturbances, tensions and other armed conflicts and threats by prioritizing and harmonizing the delivery of basic services and social development packages, facilitating societal inclusivity, and ensuring active participation of all sectors of the society in the pursuit of the country’s peace agenda.” (JDP/PAB-PIA CAR, Kalinga)
By Peter A. Balocnit