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Security in Mindanao, rebel groups, drugs top RPOC agenda


Local Government OIC Secretary Eduardo Año Thursday convened chairpersons and vice chairpersons of all Mindanao-based Regional Peace and Order Councils to discuss pressing peace and order concerns in this part of the country.

Topping the agenda during the meeting were the Mindanao Peace and Order situation report, analysis and recommendations; insurgency and violent extremism situation update; AFP efforts on anti-insurgency; status and accomplishment on the anti-illegal drug campaign as well as the reported build-up of CPP-NPA growth in the region.

Mayor Beng Climaco, who hosted the meeting, presented the issue about the ranking of cities and regions in the drug affectation list by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), citing the need for the said agency to review the formula it uses in coming up with the list.  Nonetheless, she said, whatever is the ranking of the different regions and cities, “every local government unit, must exert best efforts to address the drug situation in their areas of responsibility by supporting President Duterte’s anti-illegal drug program, providing rehabilitation programs and ensuring that all barangays have the barangay anti-drug abuse councils with plans submitted to the DILG.”

Another issue that the RPOC must address, Climaco said is the deployment of military units in the different areas particularly in Zamboanga City.

Aside from Mayor Climaco and her vice chair PCSupt. Billy Beltran, also present during the meeting were Gov. Mujib Hataman of ARMM, Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu of Maguindanao, Gov. Angel Amante-Matba of Agusan del Norte, Gov. Tyrone Uy of Compostela Valley and Mayor Oscar Moreno of Cagayan de Oro and their vice chairpersons who are the Police directors in their respective regions. (Sheila Covarrubias/PR)

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