Capitol names retired army official as consultant

AFTER his recent retirement from the military service, Major General Jon Aying was hired by the Provincial Government of Negros Occidental as consultant on internal security and public safety concerns.

Aying’s consultancy, effective January 1 to December 31 this year, was unanimously approved by the Provincial Board (PB) members during its regular session Wednesday.

Third District Board Member David Albert Lacson, chairman of committee on peace and order, said having Aying as consultant is a big boost to the peace and order of the province.

Lacson said that Aying, previously serving as commander of the 61st Infantry Battalion, 303rd Infantry Brigade, and 3rd Infantry Division, already “mastered” the local peace and order situation.

“We really need him especially on internal security matters,” he said, pointing out that the province is still facing a lot of peace and order concerns, including insurgency and terrorism.

The Philippine Army had earlier said Negros remains a priority in its anti-insurgency campaign, adding that there is still a need to clear insurgency in the island so that the people could feel real progress and development.

“We cannot predict what will happen so it is better to be secured and ready enough for any possible untoward incidents,” Lacson said.

Aying, who will receive a monthly salary of P41,000, forms part of the 16 consultants hired by the province this year.

Aside from the 14 consultants, whose contracts were approved during last week’s session, the PB also approved yesterday the consultancy agreement with Dr. Eriberto Layda.

Second District Board Member Salvador Escalante Jr., chairman committee on appropriation, budget, finance, ways and means, said Layda will serve temporarily serve as consultant for the Negros First Blood Bank Center until February 11 since the head is currently on leave.

After which, Layda will then serve as consultant on pathology of Eleuterio Decena District Hospital in Hinoba-an, Escalante added.
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