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Duterte visits Calapan City

November 17, 2021 Jester P. Manalastas 282 views

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte is visiting Calapan City today to personally oversee the progress of the projects under the Barangay Development Fund, the flagship program of the administration.

For his second visit to Region 4-B or MIMAROPA (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan) Duterte, being the chairman of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), will once again witness the turnover of several programs and projects to the beneficiaries, including the rebels.

Several barangays from the Region 4-B are the latest inclusion in the BDP after the national government has successfully addressed the peace and security issues and the dismantling of guerilla fronts.

NTF-ELCAC vice chairman and National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. disclosed that only one guerilla front of the CPP-NPA-NDF Terrorist Triad remains in MIMAROPA.

According to Esperon, from 2016 to 2021, there are already 455 former rebels that have surrendered to the government and are now getting assistance from the concerned agencies.

“Region 4-B’s peace and security is effectively managed through the joint efforts of security forces and civilian agencies in the region. Through the combined efforts of the Regional Development Council, supported by numerous line agencies of the national government, the region has had a thriving economic development,” Esperon said.

Under the BDP, communities, which were formerly under the guerilla fronts, will be given P20 million worth of projects, including farm-to-market roads, school buildings, water sanitation, health centers and even livelihood and assistance to indigents.

For MIMAROPA, there 109 projects being implemented in 25 barangays this year. And for next year, additional 54 barangays will be benefitting from the BDP.

“Through the BDP, we are witnessing the concrete changes and improvements that our communities have longed for. The BDP is our commitment not just to those affected by the atrocities of the communist terrorist group, it is also our commitment to the Filipino people for our collective aspiration and pursuit for lasting peace and sustainable development,” Esperon added.

Joining the President in his visit in Calapan City are Oriental Mindoro Gov. Humerlito Dolor and Calapan City Mayor Arnan Panaligan, Cabinet members, and officers of the NTF-ELCAC, Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines.

The NTF-ELCAC continues to appeal to Congress to retain the budget proposal of the agency amounting to P28.1 billion.