CORDS-CAR reports improved peace & order situation under PRRD

By Carlito C. Dar

BAGUIO CITY, June 1 (PIA) – – Improved peace and order and security situation are among the top accomplishments of the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte that are  felt in the Cordillera Administrative Region.

 Agriculture Secretary William Dar, the Cabinet Officer for Regional Development  for the Cordillera(CORDS for CAR)  during the Pre – SONA (State of the Nation Address) Series held at the Baguio Convention Center  here  today, affirmed that CAR  is among the safest regions  in country as the effective implementation of law enforcement and anti-illegal drug campaign resulted to the drop  of crime incidence  year on year  since 2016.

In 2020 alone, intensified police operations resulted to the arrest of the top three most wanted persons and 1,717 wanted persons,

The continuing fight against illegal drugs also led to the arrest  of 444 drug personalities and around P588.32 million worth of illegal drugs were  confiscated, Dar added.

On improved security, Dar also congratulated the communities and the people of the region for their effort and participation in the localization of Executive Order  No.  70  institutionalizing  the whole – of – nation approach in attaining inclusive and lasting peace and  creating   the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF – ELCAC).

Through the regional and local ELCAC task forces, there are  harmonized  efforts in addressing insurgency and other peace and order concerns  including their root causes such as inaccessibility to basic services, poverty, social inequity and lack of knowledge on government programs and services, he added.

Through the joint efforts of national government agencies, local government units, civil society organization and the private sector, implementation of Support to the Barangay Development Program are set for eight pilot insurgency free -barangays in the region (6 in Abra, 1 in Mountain Province and 1 in Kalinga).

For this year, a total of P160 million or P20 million worth of development projects is allocated  for each of the eight barangays.   71 more identified ELCAC barangays are also set to get government support with the collaboration of all key stakeholders.

“I encourage all sectors of our society to push through with harmonizing and converging our efforts in the fight against insurgency. The display of good governance, strong partnership and unified direction will surely establish the path towards inclusive and sustainable peace and development”, Dar stressed.

On   the part of DA, Dar  said  they will continue with their work to transform the agriculture to an ideal environment that will optimize resources while producing the maximum outcomes and benefits.

“Focus shall be given to marketing and agribusiness activities that have been considerably affected with the COVID – 19 pandemic while the Plant Plant Plant Program shall be intensified, as we all know, food security at present is our overarching goal, second to public health concerns”, Dar explained.

In his presentation, Dar also shared accomplishments on poverty alleviation and greater economic and social inclusion; improved road and irrigation facilities to promote and enhance economic activities under the Build, Build, Build Infrastructure Program; and the Declaration of five Minahang Bayan in Cordillera.

Dar was joined by Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, PIA Director General  USEC Ramon Cualoping III and ASEC Marie Rafael  representing the Presidential Communications  Operations Office, DOH – CAR Assistant Regional Director Dr. Amelita Pangilinan and Mayor Benjamin Magalong.

A prelude to the sixth and final SONA of Pres. Duterte on July  26, 2021, the  Kasama Sa Pamana: Regional Pre-SONA Series is being conducted in the different regions to  inform the  public of the major accomplishments of the Duterte Administration and  plans for his remaining term , as well as  comprehensive  report on CoVID  19 response  and the ongoing national vaccination program in the regions.

Spearheaded by the Office of the Cabinet Secretary and the PCOO, the  Cordillera leg of the Pre-SONA series is the sixth to be conducted across the nation. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)