During a joint meeting of the Provincial Development Council (PDC) and the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC), Governor Abet S. Garcia said that there’s a need for a concerted effort to attain inclusive and sustainable peace-building initiatives in conflict and vulnerable communities, as one of the objectives of the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2021.
Garcia added that there’s a need to reframe and refocus government policy to achieve inclusive and sustainable peace by recognizing that insurgencies, internal disturbances and tensions, and other armed conflicts and threats are not only military and security concerns but are symptomatic of broader social, economic and historical problems, poverty, injustices, social inequality and lack of inclusivity that need to be addressed.
During the last quarter meeting of the PDC and PPOC, Gov. Garcia initiated the creation of the Prov’l Task Force that will end local communist and armed conflict, that will provide an efficient mechanism and structure for the implementation of a holistic approach to aid in the realization of the collective aspirations of the Bataeños to attain pace.
To ensure efficient and effective implementation of the approach in line with the National framework, the Bataan Task Force or BTF-ELCAC was created under the Office of the Governor, with Gov. Abet Garcia as Chairperson and Vice Gov. Cris Garcia as Vice Chairperson with all the department heads of the of the PGB, uniformed personnel assigned in the province, civil society, the academe, private sector representatives and mayors of the 11 municipalities and lone city as regular members.