MANILA – Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar on Tuesday bared that Region 10 is among the top contributors of easing armed conflict in the country.
He said that he is proud of the accomplishments of Northern Mindanao in exercising the whole-of-nation approach to end insurgency. Secretary Andanar is the designated Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security for Region 10.
“I render my highest respect to the regional directors there in Northern Mindanao because they are very cooperative and they have the initiative to pursue this goal that we are aiming for,” he said in an interview.
Apart from presiding meetings and overseeing the progress of the region, Secretary Andanar also initiated the CORDS X Podcast, where he engages regional agency heads to discuss their respective programs and services. He is also providing an avenue for the youth sector through the local Sangguniang Kabataan Federations to feature their initiatives in community engagement.
Last February, President Rodrigo Duterte visited Cagayan de Oro City to meet with the Northern Mindanao Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC 10), the first joint meeting he attended between NTF-ELCAC and its regional counterpart.
“We are happy the President visited us this year. We were the first region that he visited because we have great accomplishments in encouraging rebels to surrender,” he said, noting that the achievements of the region form part of President Duterte’s legacy.
Legacy campaign to continue in the remainder of PRRD’s term
The PCOO chief also said that the information drive highlighting the accomplishments of the Duterte administration will continue until the end of its term.
Secretary Andanar stressed the importance of engaging with and informing the public on the policies and initiatives undertaken because they are the stakeholders of the government.
“One of the ways to run the government properly is also to report the achievements of the government so that you will not feel that you were shortchanged by the leaders, whom you have given your trust,” he said.
He noted that these tangible legacies of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte will continue to be felt by future generations, whether or not he will continue to serve the country after his presidency.
“It’s important to report so that the people will know what the President has delivered from his promises in 2016, such as in peace and order, anti-corruption drive, and our efforts in poverty alleviation,” he said
He reiterated some of the achievements under peace and order, including the lowered crime volume across the country, the increased number of drug-free barangays, the creation of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), among others.