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Regional Peace and Order Council meeting
(L-R) NICA8 RD Roland Rodriguez, 8ID chief MGen Jet Velarmino, DILG8 RD Pedro Noval Jr., RPOC8 chair Calbayog City Mayor Ronaldo Aquino during RPOC8 session at Hotel Alejandro, Tacloban City on May 11, 2015.

8ID commander supports RPOC8 resolution endorsing the PAMANA projects’ implementation and the conduct of information drives regarding the BBL

May 12, 2015

CAMP VICENTE LUKBAN, Catbalogan City – Maj. Gen. Jet B. Velarmino, Commander of the 8th Infantry Division, Philippine Army echoed his support to the Regional Peace and Order Council’s (RPOC8) resolution to support the continuing efforts relative to the Peace Process and the PAMANA Program implementation in the region as well as the conduct of information drive to increase people’s awareness of the proposed Bangsa Moro Basic Law (BBL) in the RPOC meeting held last May 11, 2015 at Hotel Alejandro, Tacloban City.

The RPOC was attended by the different peace stakeholders in the region led by Maj. Gen. Jet B. Velarmino AFP, Hon. Ronaldo P. Aquino; Hon. Leopoldo L. Petilla; PCSupt Asher A. Dolina; Ms. Imelda C. Bonifacio, OPPAP Area Manager; Hon. Emiliana Villacarillo, Mayor of Dolores, Eastern Samar; Mr Pedro A Noval Jr, Regional Director DILG8; Mr. Judy Batulan, Provincial Director DILG of Samar; and Mr. Roland Rodriguez, Regional Director, National Intelligence Coordination Agency 8 (NICA8). It was also attended by representatives from Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, National Bureau of Investigation, Department of Health, Department of Education and Land Transportation Office.

During the RPOC8 meeting, a motion was endorsed to commit the council’s clout and machinery to support the region-wide information drive to increase people’s awareness on the proposed BBL, as well as the PAMANA Programs’ implementation. The measure was endorsed and seconded by Hon. Leopoldo L. Petilla, Governor of Leyte Province and PCSupt Asher A. Dolina, PNP Region-8 Director respectively, and was approved by RPOC8 Chair, Hon. Ronaldo P. Aquino, Mayor of Calbayog City.

Maj. Gen. Velarmino acknowledged that with the RPOC8 approved resolution of committing the council’s machinery, the pace of the implementation of PAMANA Programs in the region will be hastened and enhanced, and the proposed BBL also will be better understood by the people and peace stakeholders in the region. Further he said, any measure that will contribute to the attainment of peace will be wholeheartedly supported by your Army in Eastern Visayas.