“We need a whole government approach. I call on even more authorities. Hindi lang naman army at police ang concerned sa insurrection and insurgencies, dapat hanggang sa pinakamaliit na barangay, dapat talagang tumulong ang lahat for unified government initiatives towards maintaining peace and order in Region I.”
Ilocos Norte Governor Imee R. Marcos made the statement as she presided the first quarter meeting as new chairperson of the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) held at Plaza del Norte Convention Center in Laoag City yesterday, March 22.
She was joined in the meeting by outgoing RPOC Chairperson Mayor Belen T. Fernandez of Dagupan City, DILG Regional Dir. James F. Fadrilan, officials from Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Philippine National Police, National Bureau of Investigation, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and other government agencies.
According to Mayor Fernandez, the RPOC serves in addressing security issues affecting growth and development of the entire region, particularly anti-illegal drug and rehabilitation efforts as initiated by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.
She also pointed out that Governor Marcos, known for her outstanding career in public service, is truly an ideal choice as the next RPOC Chairperson.
Her knowledge, understanding, and experience on broad issues on peace and order will be a great advantage, ” she added.
Other agenda taken during the meeting include the regional peace and order situations, internal security operations, and the nationwide Mamamayang Ayaw sa Anomalya, Mamamayang Ayaw sa Iligal na Droga (MASA-MASID) Program.
MASA-MASID is an anti-criminality, anti-corruption, and anti-illegal drugs program spearheaded by the DILG. It involves both government and non-government organizations, including the church and religious organizations.
As new RPOC chairperson, Governor Marcos urged all concerned sectors to help intensify the anti-crime campaign to ensure Region I as a livable, sustainable and resilient place in the country.–(Ma. Christian A. Ramos, PGIN-CMO)