Tuesday, 02 September 2014 09:10
Mayor RONALDO P. AQUINO, CPA
Manila, September 1, 2014 - No other than President Benigno S. Aquino III administered in Malacanang today the oath-takingof Mayor Ronaldo Aquino of Calbayog City as the new chair of EV’s Peace and Order Council.
From among the region’s chief executives, Secretary Mar Roxas of the Interior and Local Government appointed Mayor Aquino to head RPOC-8, and today, said appointment was officially and formally approved by President Aquino.
As the new RPOC chairman, Mayor Aquino is expected to continue to oversee peace and security plans for the six provinces comprising the Eastern Visayas region, namely, Biliran, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Samar, Northern Samar and Eastern Samar.
This very recent appointment of Mayor Aquino as the new chair of Eastern Visayas RPOC is pursuant to the provisions of Malacanang Executive Order No. 773 dated January 5, 2009 which provides for the reorganization of the RPOC, and likewise, the DILG Unnumbered Memorandum dated August 11, 2010 which provides for the Reconstitution and Reorganization of the Regional Peace and Order Council.
The Regional Peace and Order Council(RPOC) plays a vital role in maintaining the peace and order situation in the region as this serves as a coordinating body having the following duties and functions, 1 - Provide a forum for dialogue and deliberation of issues and problems affecting the peace & order; 2 - Recommend measures which will improve or enhance peace & order and public safety; 3 - Recommend measures to converge and orchestrate internal security operational operations efforts of civil authorities; 4 - Apply moral suasion to and/or recommend sanctions against LCE who are giving material and political support to the Communist rebels; 5 - Monitor the provision of livelihood and infrastructure development programs and projects in the remote rural and indigenous population areas; and 6 - Perform all other functions assigned by law, the President or the NPOC.
RPOC is composed of the region’s Provincial Governors, the Mayors of the Highly Urbanized Cities, one representative of the Mayors of the Component Cities, the President of the League of Municipalities, its regional counterparts from the departments, offices and agencies, and the chairman’s appointed private sector representatives.
A Regional ISO Coordinating Center is also hereby created under the RPOC which shall focus on the coordination of internal security operations (ISO) efforts of civil authorities and agencies, military and police.
The Infantry Division Commander or his equivalent commander shall act as the Coordinating Officer.
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