By Anthony Giron
IMUS CITY, Cavite – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has announced the appointment of Cavite Governor Juanito Victor "Jonvic" Remulla Jr. as the new Region IV-A Peace and Order Council (POC) chairman.
Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla (JONVIC REMULLA / FACEBOOK / MANILA BULLETIN)
DILG-Cavite Provincial Director Lionel L. Dalope made the announcement during the recent first quarter joint meeting of the Cavite Peace and Order Council (POC) and the Anti-Drug Abuse Council (ADAC) in General Trias City, Cavite.
Region IV-A comprises the Calabarzon (Cavite-Laguna-Batangas-Rizal-Quezon) area. The region is the country's most populated area.
As Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) chairman, Remulla will seat as the lead man, along with other officials. in meetings that will tackle peace, law and order concerns in the five neighboring provinces.
RPOC was reorganized, pursuant to the provisions of an Executive Order, a few years ago to serve also as the region's policy-making body.
Remulla is the incumbent Cavite POC and ADAC chairman. The RPOC post was previously held by his elder brother, former governor-now-Cavite seventh district Rep. District Jesus Crispin Remulla.
The Provincial Information and Communication Affairs Department (PICAD) reported that Dalope announced the appointment of Remulla during the meeting.
In the gathering, Dalope also lauded and congratulated the local government units (LGUs) of Cavite for passing the 2019 Good Financial Housekeeping.
Dalope, along with Remulla, also awarded the ADAC Markers to the Cavite cities and municipalities in recognition of their exemplary performance in the national government’s anti-illegal drug campaign.
Present were Mendez-Nuñez Mayor Fredderick Vida, General Mariano Alvarez (GMA) Mayor Walter Echevarria, Ternate Mayor Lamberto Bambao, General Emilio Aguinaldo or Bailen Mayor Nelia Angeles, Tanza Mayor Yuri Pacumio, Naic Mayor Junio Dualan and Silang Mayor Corie Poblete, GMA Vice Mayor Maricel Torres, Dasmariñas Vice Mayor Rex Mangubat, Philippine Drug-Enforcement Agency (PDEA)- Cavite Officer Billy Viray, members or representatives from provincial government and LGUs and officers from the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and the DILG.
Remulla, in a message, said that sustaining peace and order is his and the provincial government’s commitment to the area.
The governor assured the release this year of another batch of marked patrol vehicles for the Cavite Police Provincial Office (PPO).
The provincial government has donated at least 100 patrol cars, a number of motorcycles, office equipment and other necessities to the PPO since 2010.
Remulla also mentioned the 430 M wi-fi connectivity project for Cavite and the putting up of the comprehensive CCTV (closed circuit television) system in the entire province.
The PICAD said that the governor's actions now and then was in line with his vision to make Cavite "progressive and safer."
During the meeting, updates on the province's peace and order situation, including police operations and accomplishments, were reported out by Colonel Marlon R. Santos, Cavite PPO director.
The province's internal security issues were also discussed by Col. Alex Santos Rillera, commanding officer of the 202nd Infantry Brigade.
The road clearing status was also discussed by Dalope and so the Memorandum Circular 2020-036 which prohibits tricycles and pedicabs from traveling along national highways.
Actions about the CoVID-19 (2019 Coronavirus Disease), the recent Taal Volcano eruption and matters pertaining to peace and order in Cavite were also discussed.
The CoVID-19, illegal drugs, gambling, criminality, road accidents and the daytime and nighttime traffic situation are some concerns being addressed by the authorities in Cavite, the country's most populous province.