Peace and Order and Public Safety (POPS) takes a front seat in governance as the city government allocated P65,330,000.00 budget intended for next year.

The Tacurong City Peace and Order Council (CPOC) approved the budget during its meeting on September 7, 2022 at the CDRRM Operations Office. Mayor Joseph George Lechonsito, chairperson of the Committee, presided over the meeting.

City Budget Officer Imelda Pamplona presented the budget to the body.

For the prevention of crime and disorder, three areas get a lion share of the budget. Tacurong City Security Unit Support Program gets P21 million, while Peacekeeping/Mobilization/Logistics Support Program and SCAA Support Program are expected to receive P18 million and P10 million funds, respectively.

The city’s Anti-Drug Abuse Program, as well as BPATs and Barangay Tanod Support Program also get their sizable share. Programs under conflict deterrence such as support to Barangay Lupong Tagapamayapa Program, as well as Community Outreach Program will also receive their own budget.

Meanwhile, the CPOC allocated a chunk of the budget under the Public Safety Program, in which Traffic Enforcement Support Program gets P5 million.

The CPOC also approved the provision of financial support to the following partner agencies: PNP, RTC, MTCC, BJMP, Fire Services, Fiscal’s Office, Parole & Probation, Public Attorney’s Office, and Sharia Court.

The approved budget will subsequently be endorsed to the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) for legislation and inclusion to the Annual Investment Plan.

The SP has already committed to concur with the approved budget as some of them were present during the Meeting including Vice Mayor Lina Montilla and SP Committee on Peace and Order Chairperson Bernardino Umadhay, Jr.

Other SP Members who were also present included Councilor Geraldine Collado, Councilor Carlos Borromeo Segura, and Councilor Harvey Legas. (ASF, LGU Information)

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