DAGUPAN CITY – Mayor Belen T. Fernandez welcomed the members of the Region 1 Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) when she led the first meeting of the council on August 27 at CSI Stadia as the new RPOC chairman.
In her opening statement, Fernandez thanked President Benigno S. Aquino III and Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Mar Roxas for her appointment as she encouraged the council to stand with her to achieve harmony and peace in the region.
“The defining moment for us is when our RPOC communicates and acts on a shared vision for all. It is thus stated in Proverb 29:18, ‘Where there is no vision, the people perish.’ And only if we stand side by side, we achieve harmony and peace for everyone,” Fernandez said.
Also present during the meeting were PNP Region 1 acting Regional Director Police Chief Superintendent Roman A. Felix, RPOC vice-chairman; DILG Region 1 Director Dr. Julie J. Daquioag, RPOC head secretariat; and Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines president and Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas.