REGIONAL-NEWS

DILG-Caraga: Regional Peace and Order Council-XIII holds 3rd quarter meeting

September 30, 2021

The Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) XIII-Caraga held its 3rd Quarter Meeting for 2021 last September 14, 2021 through a virtual teleconference, according to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)-Caraga.

DILG-Caraga Regional Director Lilibeth A. Famacion reported the accomplishments and updates of RPOC in the region, highlighting the recently conducted activities of the National Crime Prevention Week Celebration with the theme “Komunidad at Pamahalaan Magtulungan: Krimen, Korapsyon at Pandemya Labanan”.

She also emphasized in her presentation the surrender and assistance to Former Rebels and demilitarization of firearms under the Enhanced Local Comprehensive Integration Program.

Famacion said that three RPOC-XIII resolutions were approved and adopted namely Resolution No. 10, Series of 2021 or the "Resolution Adopting the Supplemental Guide on the Handbook in Handling Internal Displacement"; Resolution No. 11, Series of 2021 or "A Resolution Commending the City of Cabadbaran, Agusan Del Norte for Being the First to Contribute for the CY 2021 RPOC Contribution"; and, Resolution No. 12, Series of 2021 or "A Resolution Approving the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) XIII Operational Fund Expenses for CY 2020 and CY 2021".

In the said activity, MGEN Romeo S. Brawner, Jr., 4th Infantry Division Commander of the Philippine Army, was installed as the new Co-Vice Chairperson of RPOC XIII-Caraga who took his Oath of Office during the virtual meeting.

Significant updates from the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) regarding the peace and order and public safety situation in the region were likewise presented and discussed.

Highlights of the reports centered on the counter-measures against criminality and insurgencies resulting from the attacks and schemes of the Counter Terrorist Groups (CTGs).

Part of the discussion was Presidential Proclamation No. 1218: Further Extending the Period of a State of Calamity Throughout the Philippines due to Corona Virus Disease 2019 Declared under Proclamation No. 1021, Series of 2020.

The Declaration will, among others, effectively afford the National Government, as well as local government units (LGUs), ample latitude to continue to implement the COVID-19 vaccination program; utilize appropriate funds, including the Quick Response Fund, in their disaster preparedness and response efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19; monitor and control prices of basic necessities and prime commodities; and, provide basic services to the affected populations.

Famacion later announced to the members that RPOC Chairperson Alexander T. Pimentel will share the LGU Best Practice on the Caraga Roadmap for Peace during the Lecture Series on Peace and Local Government in the celebration of the National Peace Consciousness Month this coming September 23, 2021.