BANGUED Abra, Nov. 18 (PIA) --The 4th Quarter joint Regional Development Council (RDC) and Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) meeting in this capital town on November 15 was an opportunity for the province of Abra to present its development concerns to the regional bodies.
Governor Maria Jocelyn Bernos submitted major developmental issues namely road improvement projects including access roads to key tourist destinations; expansion, improvement and rehabilitation of provincial irrigation facilities; equipment and facility enhancement for the province’s five district hospitals; all-terrain vehicles (4x4 trucks) for the delivery of service/relief operations to geographically isolated and depressed areas, and stronger communication (internet) network connectivity.
Bernos handed over to Cordillera RDC and RPOC chairperson, Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan the provincial board resolution containing the detailed description of developmental concerns as well as their requested actions from the RDC.
Domogan affirmed RDC’s endorsement of support to said requests and directed the provincial LGU to closely coordinate with the concerned agencies for the requirements and documents needed.
For peace and order concerns, Police Regional Office – Cordillera Director PCSupt Elmo Francis Sarona, NOLCOM chief Lt. General Manuel Salamat, with 5th Infantry Division commander Major General Paul Atal led other law enforcement officials in presenting the peace and order and security situation in the region.
PRO–Cor reported a better peace and order situation in Cordillera with the lowest crime volume compared to the other regions of the country. The AFP, on the other hand, stated very low security threat from CNN (Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army-National Democratic Front) with isolated cases of extortion and movements from extremist groups.
Sarona also spearheaded the ceremonial hand over of 100 long firearms to the Abra Provincial Police Office headed by PSSupt Rey De Peralta.
Domogan, who chairs RDC and RPOC, has been spearheading a joint quarterly meeting in the different provinces for the council composed of local officials, heads of national government agencies, sectoral and geographic representatives and regional law enforcement officers to look on the development issues and peace and order situation prevailing in their areas. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)