Gov Locsin: Peace viable for Negros Occidental

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Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said peace is viable for Negros Occidental, one of the hotbeds of the communist insurgency in the country, under the whole-of-nation approach.

“Walk of peace is a long one, and the process of attaining peace cannot be achieved overnight,” said Lacson during the End Local Communist Armed Conflict Planning (ELCAC) Workshop at the Negros First Residences last Thursday.

The workshop, attended by local chief executives, military and police officials, planning officers, and representatives of concerned government agencies, was a prelude to the creation of the Negros Occidental Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NOCTF-ELCAC) in compliance with President Rodrigo Duterte’s Executive Order (EO) 70.

“With this initiative, I am positive that peace is indeed viable, that peace is not a Utopian aspiration for the Philippines and Negros Occidental,” according to the governor.

Duterte’s directive institutionalizes the whole-of-nation approach in attaining inclusive and sustainable peace, creating a national task force to end local communist armed conflict, and directing the adoption of a national peace framework.

“The issuance of EO 70 is a remarkable development in the peace process of our country,” Lacson said.