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Surigao del Sur PPOC conducts 1st monthly meeting for 2009

by Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

Tandag (4 February) -- The Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) of Surigao del Sur, conducted its 1st regular monthly meeting for 2009 presided by the PPOC Chairman Governor Vicente T. Pimentel Jr., held at the Provincial Capitol here, recently.

Provincial Director Domingo Bolabog, updated the previous meeting and the Executive Order 739, Reorganizing the Peace and Order Council".

The newly organized members of the councils were: Provincial Gov. Vicente T. Pimentel, Jr., PPOC Chairman; Provincial Vice Gov. Librado C. Navarro, Vice Chairman; P/Supt. Richard F. dela Rosa, PNP; Col. Danilo T. Fabian, 401st Brigade; Lt. Col. Benjamin S. Pedralvez, 58IB; Atty Florito G. Cuartero, DOJ; DILG Provincial Director Domingo E. Bolabog; Nida Grace B. Tranquilan, PIA. and Jonathan A. Bańez, OPAPP.

The three representatives from the private sector recommended by the Chairman were Walderico R. Bonifacio, Jr., from Tandag Chamber of Commerce; Abel L. de Guzman, Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC); and Julian B. Delicona, Jr., Senior Citizen.

Lt. Col. Benjamin S. Pedralvez of 58IB, Philippine Army presented the Battalion Accomplishment Report for Insurgency. According to him, the troops conducted 993 operations for 365 days (2008), no casualties in action, 3 wounded and recovered five (5) high power firearms and two (2) low firearms recorded favoring to the government troops. While the New Peoples Army (NPA) has 8 casualties, six wounded and lost 7 firearms.

58th Infantry (Dimalulupig) Battalion, 4th ID of the Philippine Army conducted six (6) Medical Civic Action Program (MEDCAP) at Cantilan Town Plaza (October 14, 2008), Janipaan, San Agustin (November 16, 2008), Layog and Caras-an, Tago (December 01, Purok 6, Diatagon, Lianga (December 14, 2008), Diatagon, Lianga (December 19, 2008).

Col. Pedralvez also added, that the troops participated the project implementation from the Multi-Sectoral Task Group (MSTG) for the Development of the Andap Valley.

Meanwhile, Director Bolabog informed the body in establishing of PPOC full time Secretariat, and it was approved by the chairman and members during the meeting.

Pimentel, RPOC and PPOC Chairman appointed Director Bolabog as a Chairman of the Secretariat, and this was agreed by the body.

The council is set to make a Detailed Plans and programs for Surigao del Sur, particularly the problems regarding insurgency and other related problems encountered within the province. (PIA-Surigao del Sur) [top]

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