Beng, 2 others nominated for RPOC chairmanship PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 25 August 2016 11:57

Mayor Beng Climaco along with Zamboanga del Sur Governor Antonio Cerilles and Dipolog City Mayor Dexter Uy was nominated for chairmanship in the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) during its reorganizational meeting in Zamboanga City Wednesday.

The same three officials – Climaco, Cerilles and Uy were also nominated for RPOC vice chairmanship.

The list of nominees will be submitted to Local Government Secretary Ismael Sueno, who in turn will recommend a name [for chairman and vice chairman] to Malacañang for approval of President Rodrigo Duterte.

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) here said that the RPOC is expected to submit the list of nominees on or before the end of August. A new chairperson and vice chairperson are expected to take over the RPOC during its third quarter meeting set in September, according to the DILG.

The RPOC-9 meeting, held at the Garden Orchid Hotel Wednesday, discussed updates on the peace and order situation and public safety in Region 9, anti-insurgency and anti-terrorism campaign as well as the campaign against illegal drugs aside from the nomination for the Council chairperson and vice chairperson and other matters.

The RPOC under the law is composed of the region’s provincial governors, mayors of the highly urbanized cities, presidents of the Leagues of Municipalities, regional counterparts of the departments, concerned offices and agencies, with the chairman and vice chairman to be appointed by the Secretary of Interior and Local Government with the approval of the president of the Philippines from among the members of the Council.

In addition, the Council will also have one representative of the mayors of the component cities to be chosen from among themselves. The chairman of the RPOC shall appoint 3 representatives of the private sector, upon consultation with the members of the Council and upon acquiring appropriate security clearances.

Based on an Executive Order issued by Malacanang, the RPOC is tasked to provide a forum for dialogue and deliberation of major issues and problems affecting peace and order, including insurgency; recommend measures which will improve or enhance peace and order and public safety in their respective areas of responsibility including anti-insurgency measures and recommend measures to converge and orchestrate internal security operation efforts of civil authorities and agencies, military and police among others. — Sheila Covarrubias