Duterte approves P36-B fund for anti-insurgency program - Esperon

Duterte approves P36-B fund for anti-insurgency program - Esperon




The Duterte administration is really making it happen – ending the insurgency that has hampered the full potential of the country’s economic progress.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has granted the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) around PHP36.439 billion in government funds that will be utilized for the implementation of the different  programs intended to counter insurgency in the country.


This was announced by National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr., who concurrently serves as vice-chairperson of the NTF-ELCACduring the launching of the “Duterte Legacy” campaign at Pasay City.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte
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Esperon made the announcement, as he noted that the members of the communist movement or communist terror group (CTG) are infiltrating about 2,379 villages nationwide.
As per government record, the government was able to clear around 842 rebel-infested villages all throughout the country, Esperon said.
“There remain to be 2,739 barangays (villages) categorized as threatened by CTG’s expansion activities. All of these barangays (villages) need development interventions from the government to clear and protect them from CTG communist terrorist group’s influence,” he said in his speech.


“Towards this call, the President, last Cabinet meeting, approved a total of PHP36 billion for 2020 until 2021 and this fund will be used for projects and programs such as farm-to-market roads, water systems, school buildings, health stations, livelihood programs and other programs that will be identified,” Esperon added.
The whole budget will be divided into two areas - around PHP20.150 billion of the PHP36.439-billion budget will be used this year for cleared villages, while the remaining PHP16.288 billion will be appropriated next year for development projects, based on the presentation shown during the event.
The National Security Adviser’s presentation showed that the Visayas has 1,043 rebel-infested villages – the highest number recorded by the government.
This is followed by Southern Luzon with 615, Eastern Mindanao with 470, Northern Luzon with 466, Western Mindanao with 77, and Palawan with 68.













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