Speaker Romualdez to RPOC-8: Let’s work for safer, more prosperous EV

August 21, 2023 Ryan Ponce Pacpaco 254 views

SPEAKER Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez has enjoined all members of the Regional Peace and Order Council in Region 8 (RPOC-8) to work together for a safer and more prosperous Eastern Visayas through collaborative decision-making.

Speaking before the 3rd Quarterly Meeting of the RPOC-8, Romualdez underscored the importance of the council in keeping the peace in the region.

“Our convening today underscores our shared commitment to addressing the most pressing concerns of our region, from the state of criminality and peace and order to the challenges of drug-related issues and insurgency.

Such issues not only impact Region 8 but reverberate throughout our nation,” Romualdez, the leader of the 312-member House of Representative, said.

“Gen. Vincent Calanoga, RD Edgar Jubay and Gen. Camilo Ligayo, the insights and updates you provide today serve as a bedrock upon which we base our decisions and strategies.

Our objective remains clear: a safer, more prosperous and united Region 8,” he added. The lawmaker said that as leaders, every resolution dialogue and strategy the council deploys has real-world implications.

“The aspirations of our families, the dreams of our youth and the well-being of our communities hinge upon our decisions,” he stressed.

“Furthermore, the significance of gatherings such as the Regional Peace and Order Council meeting cannot be understated.

It is an embodiment of collaborative decision-making, a deep understanding of regional dynamics and an unwavering commitment to the allocation of resources where they are most needed,” he continued.

The RPOC is the government’s platform for stronger collaboration of the LGU with law enforcement agencies and the community to fight criminality, illegal drugs, insurgency and violent extremism.

It is composed of governors, mayors of highly urbanized cities, presidents of the Leagues of Municipalities, one representative of the mayors of the CC, regional counterparts of the departments, offices and agencies included in the NPOC, the commander of the AFP Infantry Division, and three accredited CSOs.

The council is chaired by the Speaker’s first cousin, Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez, with the regional director of PNP and AFP Infantry Division Commander as co-vice chairpersons.