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Caraga’s implementation of EO 70 can be template in other rebel-infested regions – Nograles

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Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles has lauded Caraga Region for the localized implementation of Executive Order (EO) No. 70 at the grassroots level.

EO 70, which President Rodrigo Duterte issued last year, institutionalizes a “whole-of-nation approach” in attaining peace and development, ending the communist insurgency and adopting a national peace framework.

“This is the first time for a region, and for any regional task force, that a barangay summit on EO 70 was held. This is also the first time that a regional task force has initiated a film festival under the direction of the Philippine National Police (PNP). We blazed a trail here in Caraga,” he said.

Nograles, the Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security (CORDS) and Chairperson of the Caraga Regional Task Force-End Local Communist Armed Conflicts (RTF-ELCAC), together with National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, were invited as keynote speakers in the Barangay Summit on EO 70 and Covenant Signing Thursday, September 12, at the Balanghai Hotel in Butuan City.

The event was organized by the Regional Development Council and the Regional Peace and Order Council – Caraga Region.

Nograles stressed that what they did in Caraga would be the template used in other regions for the localized implementation of EO 70.

“We did it in Caraga, and we can replicate the success in other areas,” he said.

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