The whole-of-nation approach of the Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF ELCAC) is so far the most potent strategy by the Duterte administration in defeating the more than 50-year communist insurgency, according to a mayor in Mountain Province.
“End Local Communist Armed Conflict or ELCAC, the much-debated DU30 whole-of-nation-approach in fighting the insurgency being waged by the CPP-NPA-NDF (Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front) is by far the most comprehensive, very potent, and lethal strategy ever conceptualized and launched by the national government against this five decades-old insurgency problem,” said Mayor Gabino P. Ganggangan, of Sadanga, Mt. Province, on his Facebook post on June 2.
This approach, Ganggangan said, is very timely and apt considering that insurgency has been treated in the past as a military problem with the Armed Forces of the Philippines being utilized to counter its spread.
“In the past, the insurgency had always been seen as a military problem hence only the armed services of (the) national government has been utilized to fight it mainly in armed combat with not much success in defeating it and its roots. To the contrary, this insurgency had even entrenched itself in many sectors of our society to include government executive agencies and Congress itself,” he said.
But this time, he said, the Duterte administration has recognized that insurgency is also a social-economic, and political problem aside from being a military one and wants to confront it squarely.
“This new strategy aimed at finally defeating this half a century ideology that seeks to supplant the constitutionally established political and economic system of the country is mandated under E.O #70. (Executive Order No. 70). It mobilizes all relevant agencies of the executive branch of government to deliver their respective share in this Whole-of-Nation Approach,” he added.
But in order for this strategy to work, he said some basic goals and objectives must have to be substantively accomplished by the various respective role players in this initiative.
This includes stopping the local and foreign funding sources of the communist terrorists, Ganggangan said.
“For decades, the CPP-NPA-NDF were able to build up and establish their sources of financing thru various international funding donors and agencies. These fund donors had been deceived and were made to believe that what they are financially supporting are legitimate Programs, Projects, Activities (PPA’s) that cater to the poor sector of society such as the IPs (indigenous peoples) and urban poor, etc. This flow of funds from various sources both from international as well as from local sources must have to be stopped by NTF ELCAC,” he added.
Ganggangan said recruitment of the youth, the idigenous peoples (IPs), and college students, who are being molded and shaped as NPA fighters, by the so-called “legal fronts” must also be stopped.”The regular source of armed combatants (NPA) of the CPP is mostly from the IPs, the youth and university or college students. They are deceived and made to believe that they are rendering public service and even to feel ‘heroic’ and patriotic by hating and fighting the government. This recruitment process is being done by the political cadres of the ‘legal front’ organizations as well as the underground organization of the CPP NDF,” he added. SOVEREIGNPH