Members of Tacurong City Peace and Order Council (CPOC) held its regular meeting on December 3 to discuss preparations for the city’s upcoming celebration of its Christmas festivities dubbed as Inugyunay Festival. Mayor Lina Montilla presided over the meeting at the Conference Room of the Office of the City Mayor.
The CPOC meeting primarily focused on laying out the security plan for the upcoming festival with the PNP and AFP committing their full force in the duration of the festivities. Additional police force is also expected to arrive from the PNP Regional Office on Dedember 23rd.
                Inugyunay Festival, which runs from December 7 to 23, gathers hundreds of people inside the city hall compound to marvel with the lights and colors of the lighted trees as well as the Light-a-Christmas Tree Contest. The huge number of people coming to the venue increases to thousands at the start of the nightly presentations on December 16; but the annual Fireworks Display every December 23 records the most number of people not fewer than 15,000. Those who cannot be accommodated by the space inside the city hall compound converge on the national highway from the rotunda up to the entrance of the city hall.
                Present during the CPOC meeting were regular member organizations including the Tacurong City Police Station headed by Supt. Junny Buenacosa, its newly-assigned Chief of Police. 601st Brigade Commander Col. Edmundo Pangilinan and Joint Task Force Talakudong Commander Col. Dece Yabo were also present. Heads and representatives of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), Bureau of Fire (BFP), Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) were also there.
                Aside from the festival preparations, the CPOC also tackled other matters related to the peace and order condition of the city.
                Mayor Montilla assured the PNP and the Joint Task Force Talakudong that additional patrol vehicles for them will be prioritized in the ensuing year’s budget. The mayor likewise said that the Tacurong Fire Station is also set to receive an additional fire truck from the Department of Interior and Local Government as committed by the late DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo. Concerns of the PDEA and the BJMP were also addressed by the council.
                In some updates, Supt. Buenacosa recommended to the council the setting up of another Community Police Assistance Center (COMPAC) at Calderon in Barangay Upper Katungal to strengthen the security in the area.
                Meanwhile, JTF Talakudong Commander Yabo informed the council that due to the increased crime incidence during nighttime at the national highway from San Antonio to Barangay Griño, the army is aiding the PNP in conducting mobile patrols in the area.
                Mr. Martin Te and Mr. Erwin Garcia who represented the business sector in the council meeting appreciated the efforts in tightening the security in the area. They said that their cooperation and assistance to the city government, PNP, AFP, and other council members will continue. (Allan Freno)