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LGU raises 2022 Peace and Order and Public Safety budget to P72.18M

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)



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Members of the City Peace and Order Council (CPOC) and City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (CADAC) held its joint meeting on June 17 with public safety updates and security plan ahead of the 5th Tacurong Bird Festival on June 21-22 highlighting the discussions.

It was also the final meeting presided by Mayor Lina Montilla as her term is about to end on June 30. As token of gratitude, the mayor conferred each council member a Certificate of Recognition

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Tacurong City tackles peace & order and drugs in the first quarter

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)

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