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PGMA swears in Iligan City zone, purok presidents

Iligan City (25 September) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo administered the oath-taking of 992 zone and purok presidents in this city.

The President arrived in Iligan City at around 2:00 pm on September 24, 2007, onboard the Presidential chopper at the Iligan City National High School (ICNHS) grounds and was welcomed by Mayor Lawrence Cruz of Iligan City, Vice Mayor Henry Dy, PNP-10 Regional Director C/Supt. Teodorico Capuyan, and ICNHS Principal Abundio Saavedra.

President Arroyo proceeded to the Mariano Badelles Gymnasium, where she swore into office the city's zone and purok presidents.

The creation of "Zones of Peace and Prosperity" in Iligan within the 44 barangays was made through Executive Order 202, series of 2005, signed by Mayor Cruz, where the vital concerns of peace and order, Barangay development, social welfare and governance to the grassroots could be best served if all officials as well as the volunteer functionaries in the Barangays are instituted into the mainstream of government action.

Tapping the purok/zone presidents in the local level as Zone Chairmen bounded within the territory of the purok/zone existing in every barangay, has become necessary in order to address local concerns, awareness of which not being otherwise immediately available to the Local Chief Executive, in addressing peace and order and barangay development.

President Arroyo also witnessed the pledge of loyalty of some 2,000 newly-recruited members of the Civilian Volunteers Organization (CVO), led by Mayor Cruz.

The volunteers recently completed their training on measures to protect the community, including counter-terrorism, counter-insurgency, which in line with the agreement made during the Mindanao Peace Summit in Cagayan de Oro City last July. (PIA-Lanao del Norte) [top]

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