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PIA Press Release
2008/11/19

Western Visayas elects vice-chair for RPOC

Iloilo City (19 November) -- Police Regional Office 6 Director Isagani Cuevas has been nominated to be the Vice-Chairman of the newly organized Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) of Western Visayas.

Cuevas who was represented during the RPOC meeting held at the Governor's Board Room of the Iloilo Provincial Capitol, November 18, got the unanimous nomination of the members to the post.

His nomination will be submitted to Interior and Local Government Secretary Ronaldo Puno for appointment and to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo for approval as stipulated in her Presidential Executive Order 739.

EO 739 which was signed by the President on August 19, 2008 mandates the reorganization of the POC in all levels nationwide.

During the meeting presided by Iloilo Governor Niel Tupas, the new RPOC Chair, it was decided by the body that nominees for the private sector representatives to the council will be subjected to background investigation check prior to their appointments.

According to EO 739, the RPOC Chair shall appoint the three representatives from the private sector upon consultation with the members and the approval of Secretary Puno.

A committee was tasked to conduct such investigation which is chaired by the Armed Forces of the Philippines with the Philippine National Police, National Bureau of Investigation and National Intelligence Coordinating Agency as members.

Other members of the RPOC pursuant to the new order are the region's Provincial Governors, Mayors of the highly urbanized city, President of the League of Municipalities, regional heads of national agencies such as Department of Foreign Affairs, Office of the Civil Defense, Regional State Prosecutor, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, Presidential Management Staff, Philippine Information Agency, Philippine National Police and Commander of the Philippine Army Infantry Division.

EO 739 also designated the Regional Director of the Department of the Interior and Local Government as the head of the Secretariat tasked to handle the administrative and technical activities of the RPOC as well as undertake liasing and coordination of activities with appropriate agencies of the government. (PIA) [top]

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