In a bid to end the more than five decades of communist insurgency in the Philippine countryside, the national government is taking on a comprehensive “Whole-of-Nation Approach” program that integrates and harmonizes the various efforts of its agencies in partnerships with concerned sectors to deliver goods and services and bring peace and security to communities, especially in conflict-affected areas.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said President Rodrigo R. Duterte is rallying all instrumentalities of government, the private sector and the entire Filipino nation to actively work together in a Whole-of-Nation movement to address violent conflicts, as well as build a culture of peace and development throughout the country.
On December 4, 2018, President Duterte issued Executive Order 70, creating the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTFELCAC) “to provide an efficient mechanism and structure for the implementation of the Whole-of-Nation Approach to aid in the realization of the collective aspirations for inclusive and sustainable peace.”
As long-lasting peace is the aimed final result, the Whole-of-Nation initiative is not directed at defeating communist insurgency through military operations. It is rather centered more on demonstrating good governance to bring peace and development to conflict-affected areas, Panelo said.
By effectively managing barriers and challenges to peace and development, the Whole-of-Nation Approach envisions to build resilient and robust communities that promote the welfare and well-being of the Filipino people.