It’s a fruitful first quarter of the year for the City Peace and Order Council (CPOC) and the City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (CADAC) as the members convened in a joint meeting on January 17, 2017.

The members in attendance included City Mayor Lina O. Montilla who is the chairperson of both councils, City Vice Mayor Joseph George Lechonsito, City Councilors Psyche Sucaldito and Atty. Cirilo Flores, heads of the different LGU offices, Tacurong PNP Chief of Police PSUPT RANIE HACHUELA, JTF Talakudong Commanding Officer COL CESAR DE MESA, Fire Marshal FINSP MARJORIE AGGABAO-RESSURECCION, SKPPO Provincial Director PSUPT RAUL SUPITER, BJMP Jail Warden SINSP NIMROD VALENIA, and officers and representatives from the Tacurong PNP, RPSB, EOD, and the different national line agencies among others.

During the meeting, Tacurong PNP reported that the crime incidents, which figured at 319 in 2015, significantly decreased to 98 in 2016. The PNP attributed this to their diligent efforts with Project Double Barrel. The PNP-Traffic division was also able to collect P1.2 million worth of traffic violation fees.

Through COL CESAR DE MESA, Joint Task Force Talakudong and 601st Brigade reported that the BIFF and other lawless elements in the surrounding area remains to be a security threat. The MILF, MNLF and CPP-NPA, although in the middle of talks with the peace panel, remains to be a special concern.

On its battle against drugs, the city government, together with the DILG and the Nuestra Señora Dela Candelaria parish, initiated a community-based rehabilitation project for drug surrenderees. A facility will be established in every barangay of Tacurong, and on February 6, a test project will begin in barangay San Rafael. The remaining barangays will follow suit in March.

As per CPOC’s conclusion, the City of Tacurong remains to be relatively peaceful and containable. However, the city government is encouraging its constituents to continue to be vigilant and report suspicious activities in their areas immediately. (YRobles, LGU-Information)