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Assuring the public that maintaining peace remains at the forefront of priorities, the Local government Unit of Tacurong City earmarked P72.18 million for its Peace and Order and Public Safety (POPS) Programs intended for next year, increasing the budget by 20.7 per cent compared to the current year’s P57.22 million.

The City Peace and Order Council (CPOC), chaired by Mayor Lino Montilla, approved the POPS budget during its joint semi-virtual meeting with the City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (CADAC) and the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CDRMC) on June 30, 2021.

Peacekeeping, Mobilization, and Logistics Support Programs get the lion share of the budget at P15 million, while the Security Support Program intended for operations of Explosive Ordnance Reconnaissance Agents (EORA) and Barangay Tanods receives P10.5 million funds.

The operation of LGU-funded Special Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit Active Auxiliary (SCAA) also gets P4 million budget for next year.

To bolster the operations of its Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) system that is already in place, the LGU allocated an additional P4 million for video surveillance.

Meanwhile, to boost its Public Safety Program, specifically on Traffic Enforcement, the LGU set aside P6 million budget.

Mayor Montilla said that while our focus is set on COVID-19 responses, programs on peace and order and public safety do not need to take a back seat role.

“We just need to balance our interventions for all the programs we need to address,” Mayor Montilla said. “Dealing with our programs on peace and order is as important as addressing the health crisis currently engulfing us.”

City Planning and Development Coordinator Amelia Bochorno, who presented the POPS budget to the CPOC, said that the budget is set to be included in the LGU’s Annual Investment Plan (AIP) for 2022. (ASFreno, LGU Information)