Regional Peace and Order Council 1 welcomes new chairperson

CAMP BGEN OSCAR M FLORENDO – The Regional Peace and Order Council of the Ilocos-Pangasinan Region (RPOC1) welcomed its new chairperson when it formally convened last March 28 at the Concord Building here for its first quarter meeting this year.

Police Chief Superintendent Franklin Jesus B. Bucayu, head of Police Regional Office 1 (PRO1) and RPOC1 Vice-Chairperson, presided over the meeting and officially welcomed Laoag City Mayor Michael V. Fariñas as RPOC1 chairperson following his appointment to the said position by Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary and National Peace and Order Council (NPOC) Chairperson Jesse M. Robredo.

In his opening statement, Bucayu also acknowledged the presence of Brigadier General Alan R. Luga, Commander of the 7th Infantry Division, Philippine Army; the Police Provincial Directors of Pangasinan, La Union, Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte; and the other heads and representatives of the council’s member-agencies and thanked them for their contribution in bringing about the realization of Region 1’s objectives on peace and order.

The meeting included presentations on the regional peace and order situation, anti-criminality campaign, and internal security operations as well as updates on the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on the Reduction of Vehicular Accidents, and the Search for Model PNP Families.

The activity was highlighted with the message of Mayor Fariñas as the newly-appointed chairperson of the body, and his guidance on the next RPOC1 meeting.

Bucayu awarded a plaque of appreciation to Pangasinan Governor Amado T. Espino, outgoing RPOC1 chairperson; and certificates of appreciation to the resource speakers before the adjournment of the meeting at about 5:20 PM.

RPOC1 is composed of Region 1 local chief executives (LCEs), heads of the regional offices of various government agencies, and other concerned officials.

The council continues to be instrumental in ensuring a favorable peace and order situation in the Ilocos-Pangasinan Region.#