The DILG-ARMM, thru the Technical Services, successfully conducted its first Regional Peace and Order Council at Bajau Hall, Office of the Governor, on August 30, 2016.
Present were the ARMM Regional Governor, Mujiv S. Hataman, as Chairman of the RPOC, DILG-ARMM Regional Secretary, Atty. Noor Hafizullah “Kirby” M. Abdullah, Regional Director PRO-ARMM, P/C Supt Atty. Agripino C. Javier, the Vice Regional Governor, AFP, PDEA, NAPOLCOM, and other concerned line agencies and private sectors.
“This is the first RPOC for this term after election following the policies and directives by the President,” said Mujiv S. Hataman, ARMM Regional Governor. “There are only two focus of the RPOC, the campaign on drugs and the campaign against terrorism, which are vital to the whole region,” he added.
The PNP PRO-ARMM was the first presenter to update the Regional Governor on the peace and order situation in the region. From its presentation, the following points were discussed, to wit: (a) the program of the PNP was in line with the advocacy of the Chief PNP and the President; (b) the latest incident recorded was the jail break of one of the members of the Maute Group from the prison cell of Marawi City; (c) in the crime statistics reported, there was the increase of crime volume; (d) the campaign against drugs were much successful considering the strong support of the Chief PNP and the President; (e) there were series of drug internal cleansing to trace policemen who are involved on drugs; and, (f) the presence of reward and punishment program in the PNP.
The AFP’s report focused on the lawless groups and classified as terror group. The Abu Sayyaf and the Maute Group were given emphasis on the presentation.
The PDEA showed its updates regarding drug related activities. The updates were stressed on: (a) the jurisdiction of the PDEA; (b) the most commercial drugs being sold in the market; (c) the ways of transporting drugs from the sellers to the buyers; and, (d) the suggested drug rehabilitation centers.
Among the issues and concerns discussed was the jail break of the members of the Maute Group from the Marawi prison cell. It was approved by the council to make a resolution addressing the problem to transfer immediately the high risk inmates from provincial jail to Manila for security purposes. Also, it was decided by the council to consider the Maute Group as among the terror groups.