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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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LGU augments P9.3M budget for peace and order programs

Making sure that peace and order programs do not take a back seat in governance, the city government allocated additional funds intended for Peace and Order and Public Safety (POPS) initiatives in Tacurong City.

In the meeting of the City Peace and Order Council yesterday, Mayor Angelo ‘Roncal’ Montilla told the members that the local government unit has set aside funds from supplemental budget amounting to P9,313,000.00 intended for POPS programs.

City Budget Officer Imelda Pamplona said that the fund was sourced from last year’s retained earnings or savings of the LGU.

Out of the total budget, P2 million is allocated to purchase additional gadgets and cameras for the existing CCTV system.

The CCTV network of the city has been in place since 2019 but the mayor sees the need to continually enhance the system like installation of additional cameras in other strategic areas.

Moreover, P2.7 million is allotted for civil security support program and P4 million is for peacekeeping mobilization support program.

The remaining P613,000 is intended for traffic management and enforcement support programs.

Mayor Montilla said that while the LGU is currently giving its full attention to COVID-19 responses, we must see to it that other programs such as those related to peace and order are not sacrificed.

“Protecting our city from internal and external threats is always on top of our goals; indi naton i-allow ang pandemya nga ini nga mag-compromise sa seguridad sang aton syudad”, Montilla said. (ASF, LGU Information)

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