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NTF-ELCAC Celebrates Success in Eliminating 89 Active NPA Fronts

July 11, 2024

MANILA, Philippines - National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) Executive Director, Undersecretary Ernesto C. Torres Jr, emphasized on Thursday (July 11, 2024) the remarkable achievement of the government's "whole-of-nation" strategy in eradicating the 89 active New People's Army (NPA) fronts since 2018.

In his welcome remarks at the culmination of the presentation of the 1st Semestral Accomplishment Report of the NTF ELCAC for CY 2024, Undersecretary Torres highlighted the collaborative efforts that have led to lasting peace and stability in the region. He expressed gratitude to the Vice Chairperson of the Task Force, National Security Adviser Eduardo M. Año, Cabinet Officers for Regional Development and Security (CORDS), heads of the National Clusters, and colleagues in the government service for their dedication to this noble cause.

"Our collective efforts underscore the importance of collaboration and coordination in achieving lasting peace and stability. By working together, we are not only tackling the symptoms but also addressing the root causes that fuel these conflicts," Torres said.

The event served as a platform to showcase the achievements of the Regional Task Forces and Clusters, while also seeking guidance from the leadership on pertinent issues and concerns.

Undersecretary Torres also emphasized the importance of continuous improvement in intervention programs for the Filipino people, underscoring the NTF-ELCAC's pivotal role in the Bagong Pilipinas Campaign.

He proudly announced the significant progress made in the fight against communist insurgency, with the complete elimination of active guerilla fronts from 89 in 2018 to zero today, along with seven weakened guerilla fronts.

"This is a testament that with good governance, and when every single unit of society takes part, through the Whole-of-Government and Whole-of-Nation Approach, we are able to succeed and attain our goal," he stressed.

The task force's chief commended everyone for their unwavering commitment and urged continued collaboration to address the root causes of insurgency for a brighter and safer future in the Philippines.

He emphasized that the accomplishments of the NTF-ELCAC are a result of "shared success with government agencies, stakeholders, and local chief executives who have tirelessly worked towards providing services, development interventions, and security for the people."



Ref: Joel M. Sy Egco



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