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A Convergence for Peace & Development : RPOC-RDC Holds Joint Meeting



CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur – The Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) and the Regional Development Council (RDC) converged for the conduct of Peace and Development Summit (PDS) held at Legazpi Convention Center, Legazpi City on Monday, March 11.


Present in the full council meeting were the members of RPOC headed by Hon. Noel Rosal of Legaspi City and Regional Development Council headed by Hon. Al Francis Bichara of Albay Province. Likewise, Lt. Gen. Gilbert I Gapay AFP, Commander Southern Luzon Command together with Maj. Gen. Fernando T Trinidad AFP, Commander JTF Bicolandia and all line unit commanders in Bicol region attended the said convergence.


The Peace Summit was initiated to ensure effective implementation of Executive Order No. 70 (EO 70) which pertains to the institutionalization of Whole-of-Nation Approach in attaining inclusive and sustainable peace and creation of National Task Force to end insurgency. The EO envisions to facilitate societal inclusivity and ensure active participation of all sectors of society in pursuit of the peace agenda.


In line with this, the members of RDC and RPOC signed the pledge of commitment and joint resolution for the creation of Regional Task Force that will replicate efforts of the national government in a local setting in the Bicol region. The Regional Task Force will be chaired by Usec. Marvel Clavecilla, the Presidential Assistant for Bicol Affairs.  


The said Task Force will orchestrate the inter-agency programs that are responsive to local needs and sensitive to realities on the ground specifically in Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDAs). The said undertaking aims to provide an efficient mechanism and structure for the implementation of whole-of-nation approach which will resolve root causes of conflict.


With this, Maj. Gen. Trinidad expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the members of both councils for creating a group that will cater the implementation of EO in the regional level. The Commander stressed that it will be beneficial because it will harmonize all the peace efforts being undertaken. In addition, he enjoined the public to give their full cooperation and support to this endeavor to attain sustainable peace.