Gov Marcos named RPOC chair, calls for unified anti-illegal drug campaigns


Mar. 23, 2017 ...

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee R. Marcos called to order the first quarter meeting of the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) held at Plaza Del Norte Convention Center in Laoag City yesterday, March 22.

Governor Imee Marcos expresses expectations to fellow RPOC officials saying, "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," urging unified government initiatives towards maintaining peace and order in region one.

She was joined by outgoing RPOC Chairperson Hon. Belen T. Fernandez of Dagupan City, RPOC and DILG Regional Dir. James F. Fadrilan, officials from Department of Interior and Local Governance (DILG), Philippine National Police, National Bureau of Investigation, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and other government sectors.

According to Mayor Fernandez, the RPOC serves as a joint effort 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, with an outstanding career in public service, is truly an outstanding choice as our next RPOC Chairperson.

"Her knowledge, understanding, and experience on the broad issues on the world of peace and order with the success of local governance will be imperative and a great advantage for a position of influence and responsibility like this," she added.

At the private meeting, officials discussed updates regarding regional peace and order situations, internal security operations, and the nationwideMamamayang 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 faith-based organizations.

As RPOC Chairman, Governor Marcos vowed to intensify anti-crime efforts to ensure the safety of every resident, extending her bin in transforming a livable, sustainable, and resilient Ilocos Norte to the rest of Region one.