CITY OF ILAGAN, Isabela, Sept. 21 (PIA) - - - Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr urged Local Chief Executives (LCEs) in the country to lead in the implementation of Executive Order No. 70 signed by President Rodrigo Duterte toward ending the 50-year old insurgency problem.
Galvez made the call when he visited the 5th Infantry Division, Philippine Army based in Gamu town on Monday where he served as the keynote speaker during the celebration of National Peace Consciousness month.
He said LCEs should form a local task force to end local armed conflict in the country emphasizing the President's goal of ending the insurgency problem during his term.
"I urge Local Chief Executives to lead in the formation of task force to end local armed conflict in their respective places," Galvez said.
He said LCEs should coordinate with all government line agencies to ensure that all government programs, projects and services are delivered to the people especially those in the far-flung and insurgency-influenced areas.
Galvez added that one manifestation to show support to the EO is to pass a resolution declaring New People's Army (NPA) as 'persona non grata' in their areas.
The secretary also reminded the governors, mayors and barangay officials that they could be removed from their office once they failed to implement the EO in their areas of jurisdiction.
On the other hand, Galvez, together with the camp's army officials and officials from the Cordillera Administrative Region, led the wreath-laying in honor of fallen state troopers who paid the ultimate sacrifice for the nation's peace and freedom.
Galvez also led the unveiling of the Cordillera People's Liberation Army (CPLA) marker in honor of the gallant contribution of the fighters who fought with government forces against the communist group. (MDCT/MGE/PIA 2-Isabela)