Peace and order initiatives are active and alive within Central Luzon following the conduct of the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) III’s 2nd Quarter Regular meeting via Zoom Cloud Platform on May 14, 2021 according to DILG Region 3 (R3).
DILG R3 said that accomplishments, latest issues, as well as interventions pertaining to internal peace and security, criminality, illegal drug situation, and other issues in R3 were discussed during the said meeting.
RPOC III Chair Governor Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. emphasized that the government’s approach now against insurgency is multi-faceted. He also highlighted the importance of wisdom, determination, and unity to win the hearts and minds of the people and anything that is done right should be supported and adopted.
Further, RPOC III members were encouraged by the Chairperson to review their programs, projects, and activities (PPAs) and prioritize ones that will address and solve pressing issues and problems.
The RPOC III has also signified its full support to the sustainability of funds for the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC).
Peace and order efforts on the ground
Meanwhile, Masinloc local government unit (LGU) headed by Mayor Arsenia J. Lim guaranteed full support to the peace and order programs of the national government during the virtual 2nd quarter meeting of the Peace and Order and Public Safety (POPS) Cluster on May 12, 2021.
Mayor Lim expressed her gratitude to the members for attending the first online meeting of the POPS cluster and for continuously doing their part toward a safe and progressive Masinloc.
The POPS Cluster is composed of the Municipal Peace and Order Council (MPOC), Municipal Anti-Drug Abuse Council (MADAC), Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (MDRRMC), and Municipal Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (MTF-ELCAC).
In the said meeting, updates on criminality, anti-illegal drugs, and COVID-19 response of the municipal police station were discussed by Police Executive Master Sergeant Edwin R. Evangelista.
Provincial Officer Jigger B. Juniller of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), on the other hand, suggested actions to scale up the barangay drug-clearing efforts. Moreover, Fire Marshal Ramon S. Gutierrez provided recommendations for a safer municipality with regard to fire prevention while Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer (MDRRMO) Joel G. Tovera presented the municipality’s efforts against COVID-19.
During his presentation, 1Lt Oliver Norman Adlaon of the 33rd Mechanized Infantry Battalion commended the municipality and all 13 barangays for being one of the three LGUs in Zambales with complete resolutions on the creation of Barangay Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (BTF-ELCAC) and denouncing the atrocities of terrorist groups. He also emphasized the importance of community support to the anti-insurgency program.