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2020 Budget: P622.3M to boost Duterte’s anti-communist campaign

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

The national government will allocate more than P620 million from the proposed P4.1-trillion budget for 2020 to finance the Duterte administration’s campaign to end communist insurgency in the country.

Based on the National Expenditure Program (NEP) for 2020 submitted by Malacañang to Congress, a total of P622.3 million will be allocated for the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC).

The allotment was pursuant to Executive Order No.70-2018—the so-called “Whole-of-Nation Approach in Attaining Inclusive and Sustainable Peace.”

The inter-agency task force is headed by the Department of Interior and Local Government and co-chaired by Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of National Defense (DND) respectively.

NTF-ELCAC is a program promoting an “incarnation” of the administration’s serious commitment to pursue sustainable peace through an ambitious and comprehensive development agenda.

The program is the Duterte administration’s civilian approach to end communist insurgency and aims to promote inclusivity “by eliminating poverty, enhancing social equity, developing greater human capital, and improving physical infrastructure in less developed and conflict-ridden regions of the country.”

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