Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson presided over the Joint Provincial Development Council (PDC) and Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) Meeting held at the Negros First Residences in Bacolod City, today, attended by council members that include city and municipal mayors, non-government organizations, national government agencies, LGU planning coordinators, and Capitol department and office heads.

Gov. Lacson reiterated the alarming cases of Dengue in the province and urged the LGUs to take measures in ensuring the health and safety of their constituents.

He also reminded the LGUs to comply with the Memorandum Circular 2019-121, a presidential directive to clear roads with illegal structures and constructions.

The PDC and PPOC also approved a joint resolution for the creation of the Provincial Task Force on Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (PTF-ELCAC) following the issuance of President Rodrigo Duterte’s Executive Order No. 70 which states Institutionalizing the Whole-of-nation Approach in Attaining Inclusive and Sustainable Peace, Creating National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict, and Directing the Adoption of a National Peace Framework.

The PDC also approved the request for Supplemental Annual Investment Program (AIP) amounting to P7,205,000 worth of different programs and projects of the provincial government in the 2019 AIP.

Atty. Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling of the Social Housing Finance Corporation presented the New Community Mortgage Program Variants, while Gil Cortez and Gab De Vera of the Balibago Waterworks System Inc. made a presentation on an Overview and Preliminary Options by South Balibago Waterworks.

All approved agenda will be endorsed to the Negros Occidental Sangguniang Panlalawigan.

Also present in the meeting were Board Member Rommel Debulgado, Gen. Benedict Arevalo, 303rd Infantry Brigade Commander, Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOCPPO) Director, Police Colonel Romeo Baleros, Maria Nove Mejica of DILG – Negros Occ., and Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator and PDC Secretary, Dr. Ma. Lina Sanogal, among others.*(NDB)