Provincial TF ELCAC resolve issue of Civil Registry in Tulunan Peace Zone

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Provincial Task Force in Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (PTF-ELCAC) of North Cotabato led by Hon. Nancy Catamco pioneers the resolution of civil registry issue with the distribution of birth certificates and marriage contracts to communities of Barangay Banayal and Barangay Nabundasan on February 26, 2022.

The said project is promulgated to provide the citizens with their legal identity based on their registration in the Philippine Statistics Authority. The lack of legal documents such as Birth Certificate was one of the secondary issues identified after the conduct of Community Support Program of the 39th Infantry Battalion that was then being exploited by the Communist Terrorist Groups to gain sympathy and establish mass base supporters.

Aside from distribution of birth and marriage certificates in Barangay Nabundasan, a turnover observance has been organized to pave the way on the opening and usage of the provided potable water system in order to give the citizens comfortable and accessible water supply for their daily needs.

The projects are part of the developmental and socio-economic project being undertaken in the formerly Communist Terrorist Group controlled “Peace Zone”.

It can be recalled that the 30-year old Peace Zone declaration was amended this year through a community assembly changing the tenor into an Executive Order 70 or Whole of Nation Approach based peace building declaration.

Hon Nancy A Catamco, Governor of North Cotabato expressed optimism in addressing the issues of communities holistically.

“With this provision, our communities and citizens can obviously enjoy the peace and development initiatives of our government. I am hoping that we will always be working hand-in-hand to make these projects and programs holistic and thriving.” Catamco said

“It is in our information that both barangay Banayal and Nabundasan in Tulunan, North Cotabato are actually considered conflict-affected areas. People from these communities suffered from exploitation, fear, and conflict-related activities, but because of the government intervention brought upon by the NTF-ELCAC, the barangays have been recipient of numerous services and development programs paving its way for lasting peace.” Catamco added.

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