Caraga Reg’l Peace and Order Council convenes anew

December 14, 2020

The Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) of Region XIII – Caraga, chaired by Province of Surigao del Sur Governor Alexander T. Pimentel, convenes anew for the 4th quarter of 2020 on November 18, 2020.

During the RPOC meeting, DILG Regional Director Lilibeth A. Famacion presented the status on the implementation of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (ECLIP), a government program that aims to help the rebel members of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) and Militia ng Bayan to restore their allegiance to the Philippine government.

Through the said program, former rebels who wish to relinquish their communist-terrorist group (CTG) affiliations can be reintegrated back to the community, be with their families, and start over with their new, normal lives.

A Special Action Committee (SAC) or Task Group on Anti-Extortion to Counter CTG Resource Generation was likewise created by the members of the Council and formally adopted through RPOC Resolution No. 9, Series of 2020.

This is to put an end to the flow of supplies and access to the resource of the CTGs made by collecting money from people and establishments, thus, addressing the extortion practices by CTGs.

Meanwhile, Police Brigadier General Romeo M. Caramat, Jr., the new Regional Director of Philippine National Police - Regional Office XIII – Caraga, took oath as the Vice-Chairperson of RPOC XIII – Caraga administered by RPOC Chairperson - Governor Pimentel.

Important matters were discussed relative to the peace and order situation and insurgency issues of the region. Among these are the brief presentation of the National Action Plans (NAPs) on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism and Insurgency (PCVEI) and Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN), as well as, the Caraga Peace and Development Zone (PDZ).