NCIP chief lauds good governance programs to uplift IPs 

CEBU CITY, May 18 (PIA) --- The National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) has lauded the government’s efforts in the implementation of good governance programs under the “whole of the nation” approach to uplift the lives of the indigenous people (IPs) communities.

NCIP Chairperson and the Executive Director of National Task Force in Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) Secretary Allen Capuyan answering questions during a press conference. 

NCIP Chairperson and the Executive Director of National Task Force in Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) Secretary Allen Capuyan said during a recent press conference  that the convergence of the inter-agency collaboration effort is a good move on the part of the government to help the lives of the IPs and to end armed conflict.

“The government through the  NTF-ELCAC framework have 12 line of efforts. The first one is the local government empowerment through the local government units, the basic services cluster, infrastructure and resource management, poverty reduction, legal cooperation, international engagement, strategic communication, peace and law enforcement development support, E-Clip and amnesty program, local peace engagement, situational awareness and knowledge management and the sectoral unification, capacity building, empowerment and mobilization,” said Capuyan.

These programs and services are already being implemented especially in the areas affected by insurgency.

Capuyan said some of the ongoing projects especially in the IPs community include farm-to-market road, education, health, sanitation, livelihood, and other basic services. 

He announced that the Philippine National Police (PNP) has already put up an information desk in every police station intended for the IP community.

“The NTF-ELCAC is now human rights sensitive by studying the rights of the different sectors of the society,” he said.

He added that the private and public sectors are now helping the government to address the insurgency problems.

“This ELCAC is not about winning wars. It is not even ending the conflict. It is not even killing them, degrading them. The government is open for an honest negotiation,” stressed Capuano.

“This is now the time that all the communist activities will come to an end,” he added.

On the other hand, NTF ELCAC Spokesperson Usec. Loraine Badoy shared that the NTF ELCAC is implementing the Barangay Development Program (BDP) that has the potential to end insurgency and take millions out of poverty.

A total of 822 barangays all over the country have been allotted P20-M each for government projects and services such as socio-economics, infrastructure, and livelihood assistance.

The funds from the Department of Budget and Management go directly to the provincial government or city government. (hfg/PIA7)



Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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