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Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) Chairperson Governor Hermogenes E. Ebdane, Jr. convened the meeting of the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) at the Conference Hall, Zambales Hotel, Zambales Sports Complex, Iba Zambales last April 15, 2014. This is the first PPOC meeting of the province for CY 2014. This event was made possible thru the effort of the DILG led by Provincial Director Armi V. Bactad, CESO V, PPOC Head Secretariat in close coordination with the Provincial Government.
Majority of the PPOC Members were present during the meeting including SSupt. Manuel Manalo Abu (Philippine National Police), Lt. Col. Gilmar N. Galicia (Philippine Army), Leonila T. Baluyut (DTI), Engr. Edward Ricardo G. Ramos, DPWH, Nelda D. Maycong (PPO 1st District, DOJ), Romulo Manangan (PPO 2nd District, DOJ) and Bishop Virginio Ducos (Hiyas ng Pag-Asa). Representatives from the BFP, Provincial Prosecutor-DOJ, PSWDO, and DPWH also attended the said meeting.
Other key persons in attendance were Vice-Governor Ramon G. Lacbain II; Mayors Doris Manuiquiz-Jeresano (Botolan), Ronaldo F. Apostol (Cabangan), Napoleon E. Edquid (Candelaria), Jose Angelo M. Dominguez (Castillejos), Jun Rundstedt C. Ebdane (Iba), Desiree S. Edora (Masinloc), Generoso F. Amog (Palauig), Estela D. Antipolo (San Antonio), Carolyn S. Fariñas (San Felipe), Peter T. Lim (San Narciso), Jose F. Rodriguez (San Marcelino) and Consolacion M. Marty (Sta. Cruz) The mayor of Subic was represented by LGU employees. Lead agencies such as the DILG, PNP and BFP along with the provincial government’s department heads were also present during the PPOC meeting.
The meeting was highlighted with the presentation from the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Philippine Army (PA) and the PNP in maintaining peace and order in the province.
A ceremonial awarding for the first ever Governor’s Award, the Search for Outstanding Public Officers in Zambales and 2014 Lupong Tagapamayapa Incentives and Awards took place wherein the following were adjudged winners: SFO2 DOMINGO BAUGAN - Most Outstanding BFP Officer; CPLVICTORIO AGCAOILI, JR. - Most Outstanding 24th IB Personnel (Non-Commissioned); CPT ALFIE ALONZO - Most Outstanding 24th IB Personnel (Commissioned); SPO3 CLARO DEVARA - Most Outstanding PNP Officer (Non-Commissioned); PSINSP GILBERT DIAZ - Most Outstanding PNP Officer (Commissioned); LGOO V TERESITA R. OLA - Most Outstanding Municipal Local Government Operations Officer (MLGOO); MR. ALFRED MANALO - Most Outstanding Barangay Tanod ; and BRGY. SAN NICOLAS of Castillejos and BRGY. STO. NIÑO of San Felipe, Best Lupong Tagapamayapa for the 1st-3rd Class and 4th-6th Class Municipal Categories, respectively.
Meanwhile, Gov. Ebdane commended the AFP and PNP in their efforts in maintaining peace and order in the province, along with their programs in helping the community. He also tackled the measures to be implemented that would ensure peace, order and safety in the community especially during the observance of the Holy Week. Finally, he instructed all Mayors to continue to coordinate with the PNP, AFP and BFP in a joint effort for the said campaign.