Peace and order brings economic progress, says Aklan governor
by Venus G. Villanueva
Kalibo, Aklan (9 February) -- The economic progress of an area depends on its peace and order, according to Aklan governor Carlito S. Marquez.
Marquez issued this statement at the opening of the first Provincial Peace and Order (PPOC) meeting of Aklan for the year, held a day after the release February 8 of Executive Order 005 reorganizing the PPOC.
"Peace and order and public safety is everybody's concern, and the economic recovery of a province is dependent on its peaceful situation", he told members of the council, who flocked to the meeting held at the GCLC Tourism and Training Center in Old Buswang, Kalibo.
Governor Marquez told council members that Aklan is one of the most peaceful provinces in the country.
Due to its peaceful situation, Governor Marquez said there is a noted big growth of the tourism industry here, complemented by its twin thrust, agriculture.
The provincial government looks up to agriculture, with 50-60 of the population depending on it, to help alleviate poverty in Aklan.
Under Executive Order 005, the newly reorganized council is chaired by Governor Marquez with Vice Governor Gabriell V. Calizo-Quimpo as Vice Chairman with PSSupt. Epifanio A. Bragais, Jr., Provincial Director, Aklan Police Provincial Office; Hon. Maria Maya Bien M. Tolentino, Provincial Prosecutor; Hon. Marieta J. Homena-Valencia, Executive Judge, RTC-Kalibo and LTC Henry G. Dar, 12th Infantry Battalion, 31D, PA, AFP as members.
LTC. Dar was represented by Maj. Maximo Andrade, CO of 12th IB, Camp Jizmundo, Libas, Banga, Aklan who reported on Internal Security Operation (ISO). Evengelina Gallega of the Provincial social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO), on the other hand, briefed the members on Child & Women Situation in Aklan and the newly approved "Aklan Chilldren's Code while PSSupt. Epifanio Bragais Jr., Provincial Director, Aklan PPO reported on Aklan's Peace and Order Situatio.
An open forum followed after the reports. (PIA) [top]