To assist the local government units in taking the lead in peace-building efforts in their localities, the Local Government Empowerment (LGE) cluster of the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) recently convened and discussed the operationalization of their implementation plans for fiscal year 2021.


Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)-10 Regional Director Arnel Agabe stressed the need to continue delivering LGE’s mandates, particularly on the implementation of Executive Order No. 70, which institutionalizes the whole-of-nation approach in ending local insurgency.


He encouraged the cluster to identify and share appropriate interventions to LGUs for the remaining months of 2021 and 2022 during the open discussion.


“We will be determining the gaps and we will also be identifying how we could enhance, strengthen, improve our performance in providing capability building interventions to barangay-based institutions (BBIs),” he said.


“The BBIs need to be empowered and enhanced so that they will be able to deliver their respective duties and responsibilities in their communities,” he added.


The meeting also intends to assess whether the activities identified by the members are responsive to the cluster’s vision of ensuring LGUs take the lead in peace-building in their localities.


With good governance being the main core and center point move of the administration in ending insurgency in the country, it is the cluster’s mission to empower LGUS by enhancing their policy direction, providing capacity building efforts, supporting project development, and sustaining security and justice.



The cluster meeting held on April 23 was duly represented by member agencies composed of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Philippine Army (PA), National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA), and DILG. (DILG 10/ LGCDD /Jess A. Batoon) (Revised copy/DILG-10/Jia Artajo)