Celso convenes RPOC to tackle security concerns PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 13:57

Mayor Celso Lobregat yesterday convened the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC)-9 to discuss updates on the general peace and order situation in Western Mindanao and measures being undertaken to resolve security challenges.

Topping the list in the agenda were the abduction of Mayor Jeffrey Lim of Salug, Zamboanga del Norte: killing of Universidad de Zamboanga (UZ) president Dr. Arturo Eustaquio III and the raid by lawless elements at the municipal police station of Tigbao, Zamboanga del Sur.

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)-9 Regional Director Adzhar Albani Also presented a briefing on the campaign against illegal drugs.

The meeting also tackled about the nomination or selection of private sector representatives to the council and the nomination for the vice chairperson of the RPOC-9.

A briefing on Mindanao Peace and Development Security Committee was also given by a representative from the Mindanao Development Authority (MINDA).

Present during the meeting held at the La Azotea at the Garden Orchid Hotel were Governors Antonio Cerilles of Zamboanga del Sur, Rolando Yebes of Zamboanga del Norte and Rommel Jalosjos of Zamboanga Sibugay.

Top military and police officials were also present to discuss about security concerns and issues were Western Mindanao Command Chief MGen. Noel Coballes, Directorate for Integrated Police Operations (DIPO) Director PCSupt. Manuel Barcena, Police-9 Regional Director PCSupt. Napoleon Estilles, City Police OIC Director PCSupt. Mario Yanga and PDEA-9 Director Adzhar Albani.

Department of Interior and Local Government-9, which acts as secretariat for the RPOC was also present and represented by Director Faizal Abutazil and his staff.

Councilor Abdurahman Nuno, who chairs the Liga ng mga Barangay in Zamboanga was also present during the meeting.

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. — Sheila Covarrubias