From: Public Information Section
Category: Capitol News
The Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) and Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (PADAC) approved the Peace and Order and Public Safety (POPS) Plan during a Joint Meeting held at Nature’s Village Resort in Bacolod City, Tuesday, presided by the councils’ vice chairman, Vice Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson.
The POPS Plan, as presented by Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator and PPOC-PADAC Action Officer, Dr. Ma. Lina Sanogal, refers to the three- year comprehensive and concerted action plan of an LGU that aims to attain a safe, secure, peaceful and progressive community.
Its programs, amounting to a total of Php168.6 million in three years, put emphasis on crime prevention and law enforcement activities, capability development for personnel of the law enforcement agencies and volunteers, programs for anti-illegal drugs and other crimes, armed conflict e.g. insurgency), emergency and crisis management, including fire and road/vehicle safety.
Dr. Sanogal said that the POPS Plan is to be formulated and approved by the PPOC to improve life in the communities by ensuring social protection and safety in the locality.
She also said that as a requirement for consideration and review of the Department of Interior and Local Government and endorsement to the Dept. of Budget and Management, the POPS plan will be the basis of approval for budget allocation for the confidential fund and it shall replace the former Integrated Area Community Pubic Safety Plan.
The PPOC also approved the request of Philippine Army 303rd Infantry Brigade Commander, Col. Eliezer Losañes, for legal assistance from the Provincial Government for their operating troops and other law enforcement personnel caught in legal battles as a result of the performance of their official functions.
PCI Mark Anthony Darroca of the Negros Occ. Police Provincial Office presented an update on the Anti-Illegal Drug Activities in the province, where he cited the top performing police stations for 2016, namely San Carlos City Police Station, Silay City Police Station, and Kabankalan City Police Station for the city category, and Hinigaran Municipal Police Station, Murcia Municipal Police Station, and EB Magalona Police Station for the municipality category.
He said they will continue to conduct barangay clearing operations and implement the Project Double Barrel Alpha Reloaded, pursuant to a directive from the national government.
In her report, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) – NIR Director, Atty. Roselyn Borja said that drug trafficking is related to corruption, terrorism, human trafficking, and money laundering.
“To combat drug trafficking, cooperation and collaboration among all stakeholders is the key,” she added.
Dr. Sanogal also presented the PADAC 2016 Accomplishment Report and Update on the Negros First Wellness Farm while Ma. Lourdes Tison of the Paghiliusa sa Paghidaet-Negros presented on the Negros Peace Congress II Results and Updates.
Also present in the joint meeting was League of Municipalities Negros Occ. Chapter, Mayor Jose Benito Alonso of the Municipality of Pontevedra, among others./Capitol News