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PIA Press Release
2010/09/24

Leyte governor is new RPOC 8 chairman, North Samar gov is vice chair

Tacloban City (September 24) -- Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho L. Petilla was elected unopposed as the chairman of the Eastern Visayas Regional Peace and Order Council during the reorganization meeting conducted at the DepEd Conference Room on September 24.

Governor Petilla who was recently endorsed as the chairman of the Regional Development of Eastern Visayas, said that his vision is to make the RRPC in Eastern Visayas, not just an ordinary council for compliance, but one that matters.

The meeting which was presided by DILG Secretary Francisco C. Jose, also saw the election of Northern Samar Governor Paul Daza as the vice chairman of the RPOC in Region 8. It was observed that only the two governors were present during the meeting but the other four were properly represented.

Since only one City in the Region was represented, the City of Maasin will seat at the representative of the Cities in Region 8.

The body also nominated six Private Sector Representatives. From among the six, the RPOC chair will appoint three PSRs after security check.

The body unanimously approved the motion to endorse Governor Petilla and Governor Daza as the chair and vice chair of RPOC 8 for appointment of DILG Secretary Robredo with the approval of President Aquino.

Executive Order No. 773 issued on January 5, 2009, called for further reorganization of the Peace and Order Council. An unnumbered Memorandum dated August 11, 2010 of Secretary of Interior and Local Government Jesse M. Robredo enunciated this.

The Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) shall be composed of the region's Provincial Governors, the Mayors of the Highly Urbanized Cities, the Presidents of the Leagues of Municipalities, the regional counterparts of the departments, offices and agencies enumerated in NPOC, wherever applicable, with the Chairman and Vice-Chairman to be appointed by the SILG with the approval of the President of the Philippines from among the members of the Council.

In addition, there shall be one representative of the Mayors of the Component Cities to be chosen from among themselves. The Chairman of the RPOC shall appoint the three (3) representatives of the private sector, upon consultation with the members of the Council and upon acquiring the appropriate security clearances. The regional counterpart of the CSAFP shall be the Commander of the Infantry Division. Departments, offices and agencies with no regional and/or field offices shall not sit in the RPOC.

The duties and functions of the RPOCs include, among others, to provide a forum for dialogue and deliberation of major issues and problems affecting peace and order, including insurgency; to recommend measures which will improve or enhance peace and order and public safety in their respective areas of responsibility, including anti-insurgency measures; and to recommend measures to converge and orchestrate internal security operations efforts of civil authorities and agencies, military and police.

The other duties and functions include, to apply moral suasion to and/or recommend sanctions against local chief executives who are giving material and political support to the Communist rebels; to monitor the provision of livelihood and infrastructure development programs and projects in the remote rural and indigenous population areas adopted to isolate them from the Communist rebels' "Agitate/Arouse, Organize and Mobilize" and ideological, political and organization works; and to perform all other functions assigned by law, the President or the NPOC. (PIA 8) [top]

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