DILG chief swears in Celso as RPOC chairman today PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:43

Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo is arriving in the city today to swear in Mayor Celso Lobregat as chairperson of the Regional Peace and Order Council in the Zamboanga Peninsula region and to attend the first RPOC meeting, the first under the leadership of the chief executive.

Robredo, who is the National Peace and Order Council chair, will fly in from Manila noontime. He will convene the RPOC at 2pm at the La Azotea Function room at the Garden Orchid Hotel where he will first administer the oath of Mayor Lobregat.

President Noynoy Aquino has recently named Mayor Lobregat as RPOC-9 chair along with five other chairpersons of RPOCs in their respective regions.

Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa in a letter dated November 15 informed Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo about President Aquino’s approval of the nomination of Mayor Lobregat and other chairpersons of RPOCs in the country. Secretary Robredo, on the other hand, by virtue of his authority as
chair of the National Peace and Order Council pursuant to the provisions of EO 773-2009, issued Lobregat’s appointment papers November 28.

Convening for the first time with a new chairman, the RPOC-9 will discuss updates on the anti-insurgency campaign by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), election of the component City Mayor representative in the RPOC and other pressing issues that include a briefing on the kidnapping of an Australian national in Zamboanga Sibugay and other matters.

When asked to comment on the impact of his appointment as RPOC-9 chair, Mayor Lobregat said it will be an opportunity to be more in touch with the regional offices of the police as well as Bureau of Jail, Bureau of Fire and other law enforcement units as the RDC will not only be looking after security but also public safety.

The RPOC is the body that ensures a more comprehensive and effective coordination of government efforts and the active participation of citizenry in the campaign against criminality and insurgency.

The RPOC exists in every region in the country and is composed of city and municipal mayors, governors, national office directors, private sector representatives, military and the Police Regional Director. — Sheila Covarrubias