With the mandate of ensuring peace and order, the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) of the CALABARZON Region (Region IV-A) convened last October 25, 2013 at the Century Park Hotel in Malate, Manila to discuss the reorganization as well the preparations for the 2013 Barangay Election.
This was attended by 29 members with former Rizal Governor and now Antipolo City Mayor Casimiro A. Ynares, Jr. presiding being the interim RPOC Chair. Local Chief Executives (LCEs) who joined Mayor Ynares were Laguna Governor E.R. Ejercito; Catanauan, Quezon Mayor Ramon A. Orfanel, LMP President of Quezon; and Pagsanjan, Laguna Mayor Girlie Javier Ejercito, LMP President Laguna. Gov. David C. Suarez of Quezon, Gov. Vilma Santos-Recto of Batangas, and Gov. Juanito Victor Remulla, Jr. of Cavite on the other hand sent their representatives.
In attendance also are the other Regional Directors and representatives from various National Government Agencies (NGAs) in the region including PCSupt. Jesus T. Gatchalian of the Police Regional Office 4A (PRO4A) CALABARZON; and Maj. Gen. Nonito Alfredo T. Peralta, Jr. of the AFP’s 2nd ID who presented their accomplishments. Invited as guest was Atty. Juanito Icaro, Regional Election Director of COMELEC Region IV.
The PRO4A presented the peace and order situation in the region, primarily the crime rate and volume, including their plans, programs, and accomplishment. These also include the PNP’s preparation for the 2013 barangay election. On the other hand, the AFP presented the status of internal security operations in the region as well as their accomplishments, plans, and programs.
The AFP’s report was followed by the presentation of the COMELEC focusing on various concerns specifically the 2013 Barangay election. Presented also by the COMELEC are the election timeline, as well as the prohibited acts. Various questions were also raised particularly on the prohibition of hiring personnel and disbursement of funds which were properly addressed by Atty. Icaro.
For its part, DILG IV-A presented the status of implementation of PAMANA projects in Region IV-A, particularly in the six LGUs of Quezon Province. In relation to PAMANA, Mayor Orfanel inquired about the role of the LGUs in implementing the projects under the PAMANA including the Bottom-Up Planning and Budgeting (BuPB). His inquiry was later on addressed by the representative from the Department of Agriculture. The issues and concerns raised during the meeting prompted Mayor Ynares to request additional data for discussion for the next RPOC meeting. (DILG IV-A CALABARZON)