Posted on: Friday September 06, 2019

CamSur holds joint meeting of the PDC, PPOC, PADAC
The Provincial Development Council (PDC), Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC), and Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (PADAC), all chaired by Governor Miguel Luis Villafuerte, assembled for a joint meeting on 5 September 2019 at the Villa del Rey, Provincial Capitol Complex, Cadlan, Pili. Provincial updates and plans on peace, order, and development were discussed in the meeting.

Municipal mayors and representatives from the Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Sangguniang Panlalawigan, and provincial government participated in the meeting.

PNP discussed the success of the anti-illegal drug and anti-criminality campaign in CamSur: 20, 437 drug users and pushers voluntarily surrendered, 51 persons involved in the illegal drug trade were arrested, and 511 loose firearms were confiscated, surrendered, and recovered by operation. Moreover, 400 persons involved in illegal gambling, 138 most wanted persons, and 529 wanted persons were already arrested.

“CamSur is generally peaceful as reflected in the crime statistics. The reduction of crime volume was affected by the intensified implementation of Project Double Barrel Resumption and the sustained OPLAN SINAGTALA and the Local Anti-Criminality Action Plan of the Province,” said Police Captain Eileen Legacion.

The reconstitution of PADAC was also one of the meeting’s main agendas. DILG explained that all mayors in the province are now members of PADAC to further ensure that drug related incidents are effectively monitored and drug prevention programs are successfully implemented.

Moreover, DILG discussed the Memorandum Circular 2019-125, or the guidelines for Local Government Units in the implementation of Executive Order No. 70: Institutionalizing the whole-of-nation approach in attaining inclusive and sustainable peace, creating a task force to end local communist armed conflict, and directing the adoption of a national peace framework.

The memorandum aims to encourage the national and local government to end communist armed conflict by addressing deeply rooted issues, such as poverty, historical injustice, and social inequality. Furthermore, it calls for more peace building initiatives in conflict affected and vulnerable communities.

A list of infrastructure projects that needs the endorsement of PDC for inclusion in the Regional Development Investment Program were also presented. The projects include the Tara Bridge in the municipality of Sipocot, the rehabilitation of flood control gates in Calabanga, and the concreting of Roadnets in Pili.

The El Verde Youth for Climate Action (EVYCA) was also elected as the private sector representative for the PDC. EVYCA, organized by the provincial government in 2014 to mobilize the youth to protect the environment, has more than 20,000 members in the province.

Written By: Jan Marie Ramos

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