TACLOBAN CITY- Regional Director Karl Caesar Rimando of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG-8) said that the close coordination of various government agencies is the key why the whole-of-nation approach is becoming effective in the region.
The whole-of-nation approach as contained under Executive Order 70 issued by President Rodrigo Duterte aims to end the country’s long-running insurgency problem.
Rimando’s statement came on the heels of the surrender of 11 former New People’s Army (NPA) members this week.
The former rebels, one of them was a woman, were from Samar, Eastern Samar, and Leyte provinces.
During their surrender, the former rebels turned over to authorities various high-powered firearms and ammunition.
They are expected to receive financial assistance under the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (ECLIP) program as they start to live a normal life.
Rimando, meanwhile, has called active NPA rebels to give up their arms and return to the folds of the law.