The Army in Eastern Visayas joined in the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) meeting with the Local Chief Executives and stakeholders of the whole province of Eastern Samar with AFP’s Central Command (CENTCOM) commander, Lieut. Gen. Raul L Del Rosario, in Borongan City on November 22, 2016.
The activity aims to unite the local chief executives and stakeholders towards progress and addressing the poverty problems of the province. It also advocates President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s thrust against illegal drugs and other lawless violence that arises in the province. The meeting was presided by the PPOC chairman, Vice Governor Marcelo Ferdinand A. Picardal.
Among the top military, police and local officials present during the activity are the newly installed 8th Infantry Division commander, Brig. Gen. Raul M. Farnacio, Eastern Samar Police Provincial Director, PSSupt. Tranquilino A Araral, Vice Governor Marcelino Ferdinand A Picardal, some 20 mayors of Eastern Samar, Rev. Fr. Leroy Geli, and members of PPOC.
During the activity, the Local Chief Executives were given a time to present their actual situation especially in the far flung areas. According to some reports, the CPP-NPA movement affects the peace and order that hinders progress of their municipalities especially the delivery of basic services.
Farnacio emphasized that through the assistance from the Local Chief Executives in addressing the needs of the people is the key to win their trust.
“Kailangan nating magkaisa at ibigay kung ano ang kelangan ng ating mga mahihirap na kababayan. Problema sa lupa at kahirapan ang hinaing ng ating mga kababayan. Kaming mga kasundaluhan ay handing tumulong sainyo para puntahan ang mga malalayong barangay na mas nangangailan ng inyong serbisyo, Farnacio said.
“Natutuwa ako at nag-open up ang ating mga LGUs, you really presented the situation base on the briefing or reactions and I believe we have identified some problem areas. I hope that from CENTCOM view ay talagang pursigihin natin ito hanggat hindi natin makamit yung lasting peace na talagang deserve nating lahat para umunlad na ang ating Bansang Pilipinas.” Del Rosario added. 1Lt. CHERRY M. JUNIA, chief, DPAO