CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga -- The Pampanga Peace and Order Council (PPOC) has declared members of the Communist Party of the Philippines�New People's Army (CPP-NPA) as 'persona non grata.'
The declaration was approved by the officers and members of the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) led by Governor Dennis Pineda with the Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (PADAC) during the councils' joint meeting Friday.
It was signed by Pineda, department heads of the provincial government, and mayors of the province.
Despite our sincere efforts to make peace with the CPP-NPA, they incessantly continue to besmirch the reputation of the government to its citizenry, he said.
Pursuant to Executive Order 70 series of 2018 or the whole-of-nation approach in attaining inclusive and sustainable peace, the PPOC assembled to address and combat the communist insurgency problem in the province.
Although it was previously declared that the province is insurgency free, we have to take actions because the CPP-NPA did not stop trying to rebuild their influence here, the governor said.
We must condemn their illegal activities and recognize that their presence is detrimental to peace and development, he added.
To deal with this, the PPOC and the Provincial Development Council (PDC) signed a joint resolution to establish the Provincial Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (PTF-ELCAC).
Pineda will act as the chairperson of the PTF- ELCAC.
The PTF-ELCAC aims to cease threats and communist issues in the province and achieve sustainable peace, he said.
Myrvi Apostol-Fabia, DILG provincial director and PPOC head secretariat, said the PTF-ELCAC will provide a mechanism to aid the realization of the collective aspiration of the Filipinos to attain inclusive peace in the province.
To achieve this, the PTF-ELCAC will ensure the creation of task forces in the municipal and city levels, she added. (PNA)
Source: Philippines News Agency