Undersecretary Ernesto C. Torres Jr., Executive Director of the National Task Force to End Local
Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) Secretariat, stands firmly in support of the Kalinga Provincial Task Force’s resolute initiatives to bring an end to the local communist armed conflict. As a dedicated leader in the pursuit of peace and security, USec. Torres Jr. recognizes the significance of the recently published article regarding the Kalinga Provincial Task Force’s resolution, which requires non-governmental organizations (NGOs) operating within the province
to secure permission from Local Government Unit (LGU).

USec. Torres Jr. highlights the importance of the resolution and underscores the relentless efforts of the Kalinga Provincial Task Force that serves as a critical step towards promoting transparency, facilitating efficient coordination, and prioritizing the well-being of the local community in Kalinga.
The Executive Director is aware of the intricate challenges faced by the Kalinga Provincial Task Force in their pursuit of inclusive and sustainable peace. The resolution exemplifies the task force’s unwavering commitment to comprehensive development, addressing the underlying causes of armed conflict, and fostering sustainable growth.

By mandating NGO registration with the PTF-ELCAC, the task force aims to forge stronger partnership among stakeholders, promoting a unified approach to development, and implementing
community-centered programs aligned with the government’s overarching peace-building initiatives. Drawing upon years of experience and expertise, USec. Torres Jr. underscores the
numerous benefits arising from the resolution. The registration process enhances oversight and
monitoring of NGO activities, ensuring transparency, accountability, and efficient resource allocation. Moreover, it enables closer collaboration between NGOs and local authorities, empowering both entities to work in synergy and contribute effectively to the lowering of the violence in the region.

USec. Torres Jr. commends the Kalinga Provincial Task Force’s unwavering dedication to inclusivity and recognizes the pivotal role of NGOs in peacebuilding and conflict prevention efforts. The resolution not only encourages NGOs to actively participate in fostering peace but also exemplifies the task force’s commitment to establish an inclusive environment by allowing NGOs to contribute their expertise and resources towards achieving common goals. As an esteemed leader in
the field, USec. Torres Jr. emphasizes the importance of accurate reporting and constructive dialogue. While the resolution may have sparked discussions and raised concerns, USec. Torres Jr.
encourages stakeholders to engage in meaningful conversations and collaborate towards refining implementation guidelines.

The Kalinga Provincial Task Force, through open communication channels, seeks to address concerns, listen to stakeholders, and further enhance their strategies to ensure the resolution’s
effectiveness. Usec. Torres Jr. stands firmly behind the Kalinga Provincial Task Force’s resolution requiring NGOs to secure permission from LGU. Their commitment to transparency, collaboration and long-term growth shows the proactive approach required to end violent conflict. The task force establishes a potential route to long-term peace and development in Kalinga by leveraging the united strength of NGOs, local government, and the community.

Amianan Balita Ngayon