The Provincial Government of Bataan, in coordination with DILG Bataan jointly convened the Provincial Development Council (PDC), Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) and the Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (PADAC) for this quarter’s meeting at Patio Isadora, Lou-is Resort and Restaurant, City of Balanga, Bataan on September 25, 2019 focusing on ending the local communist armed conflict.
During the activity, the PDC and PPOC passed a joint resolution for the creation of the Provincial Task Force on Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (PTF-ELCAC) and the implementation of EO 70 in the province. Also approved by the body is the resolution condemning the communist-terrorist-groups (CTGs) as "persona non-grata" in Bataan.
DILG Bataan Provincial Director Myra Moral-Soriano presented the draft resolutions while 1Lt. Rolly Legario of the Philippine Army explained the salient features of EO 70. LGOO II Danilyn Pena discussed the guidelines in implementing the said executive order.
"Ang number 1 solution sa insurgency ay economic growth,” said Gov. Albert Garcia in his message. He also added that the best way to combat insurgency is to provide employment and delivery of basic services to the people.
The creation of the Bataan PTF-ELCAC is in compliance with President Duterte’s Executive Order (EO) 70, which institutionalizes the “whole-of-nation” approach in attaining inclusive and sustainable peace and directing the adoption of a national peace framework.