National Security Adviser Hermogenes C. Esperon, Jr. (FILE PHOTO)
QUEZON CITY, Nov. 18 (PIA)- President Rodrigo Duterte will convene key officials of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-Elcac) and preside over the joint command conference of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) today (November 18), to assess the progress of the campaign against communist insurgency.
The scheduled meeting was disclosed by National Security Adviser Hermogenes C. Esperon Jr., the vice chairman of the NTF-ELCAC, in a statement on Sunday.
Esperon added that the President is also expected to issue additional orders to officials, including those from the PNP, and the PNP to accelerate the anti-communist strategy.
According to Esperon the meeting will be attended by Cabinet officials responsible for development and security, the heads of regional peace and order councils, the regional development councils and top officials of the PNP and the AFP.
"The joint NTF-ELCAC and the AFP-PNP Command Conference will serve as a platform for the President to provide guidance on strengthening convergence efforts among all the instrumentalities of the government in his ongoing directive to enhance existing mechanisms of good government," Esperon said.
Duterte had been eyeing to end the insurgency by the end of his term through the ELCAC, which is being implemented at the local level through various task forces.
"The President had repeatedly called on members of his administration to address the economic and security concerns in conflict-prone and conflict-affected areas," he added.
The national security adviser said the President is very committed in ending the atrocities of the communist group through the whole-of-nation approach where national government agencies and local government units work together to achieve lasting peace in the country. (PIA-NCR)