FOCAL persons of Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (TF-Elcac) from the province North Cotabato have undergone a two-day executive course on Elcac.

The two-day course was held from Monday, November 28 until Tuesday, November 29, at the headquarters of the 39th Infantry Battalion (IB) of the Army's 10th Infantry Division.

Lieutenant Colonel Ezra Balagtey, 39IB commander, said Thursday, December 1, said the executive course is composed of three modules, which includes understanding the communist armed conflict, winning the peace and sustaining the peace.

“It is crafted and implemented with corresponding objectives which is to increase the level of understanding and awareness of the participants on communist insurgency, to understand the whole of the nation approach mechanism in attaining inclusive and sustainable peace and to understand the role and tasks of all government agencies in sustaining peace through convergence efforts,” Balagtey said.

He said the two-day activity had provided the participants the needed information and knowledge on the communist terrorist group deceptive schemes and propagandas; raised their awareness on Executive Order (EO) 70 mechanism, objective; and enhance their tools as EO 70 focal persons.

Aside from the laid objective, he said the activity is expected to strengthen the partnership and collaboration of security sectors and different government agencies to ensure the effective and efficient implementation of the whole of nation approach as a national strategy of ending insurgency in the country.

The participants of the two-day activity are Elcac focal persons from the provincial and municipal offices in affected communist insurgency, particularly from the towns of the Second District of North Cotabato and Tulunan in the province’s Third District. (SunStar Zamboanga)