Secretary Martin Andanar was at the forefront of the Convergence Areas for Peace and Development (CAPDev) launch Last June 28 at the town of Cabanglasan in Bukidnon, in line with President Duterte’s Executive Order No. 70 that encompasses targeted efforts in addressing the root causes of the country’s internal armed conflict and insurgency.
According to Andanar, the region is admirable for headlining the CAPDev efforts for the entire nation and that the concept of the program aims to stress the importance of building resilient and peaceful communities. The program was co-spearheaded by the Regional Development Council (RDC) and the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC).
The program exhibits a whole-of-nation approach that deploys a more specific and sustainable delivery of basic services from the government, as well as social development packages for poverty-stricken and war-torn Filipinos.
“Ground works are well underway in achieving the goals of EO 70,” said the Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary and the Regional Development and Security’s designated cabinet officer. “Let us remain steadfast in pushing forward the peace and development priorities in Northern Mindanao,” he imparted.
During the launch, along with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Rolando Bautista and under the government’s Core Shelter Assistance Program, Andanar also turned over 50 housing units to the victims of the devastating aftermath left by Typhoon Cheding. Simultaneously, serbisyo caravans and government project turnovers to Barangay Iba and Cabanglasan completed the event.
With Region 10 being the first to comply with the EO, both the RDC and RPOC also agreed on the structure proposal and composition, as well as the implementation mechanism for the Regional Task Force to End Local Armed Communist Conflict.

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