THE Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is bringing enhanced government services to 822 remote communities in the hinterlands and islands through the Retooled Community Support Program (RCSP).
According to Secretary Eduardo Año, the move also serves as a massive step to counter further communist recruitments in the remote barangays.
The communist terrorists, he added, usually utilize alleged government neglect to hoodwink unsuspecting farmers and indigenous peoples to join their lost cause.
RCSP is a priority program of the DILG, together with other government agencies, that aims to address identified issues of the community by closing the governance and development gaps through the provision of needed government interventions to promote sustained peace.
“Mahalaga na maramdaman ng ating mga kababayan, maging sa mga pinakamalayong dako ng bansa, na handa silang suportahan at tulungan ng pamahalaan,” he said.
The DILG chief underscored the government’s resolve to end local armed conflicts and fulfill its mandate to serve the people, especially those in the remote barangays.
According to Ano, Regions 11, 13 and 10 have the most number of communities that will benefit from the priority implementation of the RCSP, with 213, 178, 118 barangays, respectively.
Region 6 has 74 target barangays, Region 12, with 62; 45 from Region 5; Region 9, with 32; Calabarzon, with 31; Region 2, with 28; Mimaropa, with 24; and 10, six and one for CAR, and Regions 8 and 3, respectively.
Año said the 822 barangays will cover a total of 206 cities and municipalities.
“We really targeted barangays that are the farthest and susceptible to communist recruitment. We will empower these communities so that they may not be easily swayed by the empty promises of the communist-terrorists,” he said.