By: Angelyn S. Lacambra
The Cagayan Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) chaired by Governor Alvaro T. Antonio continues to intensify activities for peace and order through provincewide anti-insurgency and anti-illegal drug campaigns and interventions. “Together with our linkages we strengthened the workforce of the PPOC and subsequently, crime rate in the province gradually decreased,” said Engr. Tito A. Perlas, Jr., Provincial Administrator and presiding chairman during the recent PPOC 2nd quarterly meeting held at the Provincial Bids and Awards Committee (PBAC) Conference Room, Provincial Capitol on June 14, 2012.
Programs of the PPOC include “Kapayaan” programs and other activities related to environment, health, and justice and other programs anchored in the 10K Agenda of Governor Antonio. Yearly, meetings are conducted in order to update PPOC members of the accomplishments and peace and order situation of the province for the calendar year. Lead agencies such as, the Philippine National Police (PNP), Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and recently the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO), which committed itself to help fight Violence Against Women and their Children (VAWC) and other advocate activities concerning rights and privileges of abused women and children.
In his presentation, Capt. Romel Buenbrazo,Operations Officer,17th Infantry Batallion, AFP said they seized some insurgents in a latest encounter in Allacapan, Cagayan. An anti-illegal campaign dubbed “Oplan Sagip Likas-Yaman” was also conducted in some municipalities such as Baggao, Gattaran, Sto. Niño,Gonzaga, and Sta. Teresita, whereas 53 checkpoints and resource control operations were put up resulting to confiscation of thousands of board feet of illegally-cut logs. Intelligence, environment and blood-letting activities were also spearheaded by the AFP to contribute to environment protection and health promotion.
Meanwhile, PDEA Regional Director Juvenal Azurin said starting January 2012 they arrested 34 drug personalities in the province. Provincewide buy-bust and entrapment operations were also conducted by PDEA agents, wherein they seized drug evidences such as shabu, marijuana dried leaves and sticks. Azurin also said that from July 2002 to February of this year, they filed a total of 546 cases in courts and 125 of them were resolved. Other activities conducted by PDEA were seminars,press conferences and meetings, promotion through tri-media, and IEC Campaigns.
On the other hand,Social Welfare Officer Rosario Mandac of PSWDO explained the roles of the Love A Victim (LAV) Center of the Provincial Government of Cagayan and how they support individuals who are abused from physical and emotional violence. According to Mandac, as a commitment to promote peace and order, LAV Center is ready to cooperate in any endeavor the PPOC conducts in the future. “The center created activities and interventions to reduce incidence of violence, maltreatment, and abuse through the years. We hope that aside from these interventions, PPOC can contribute help us in promptly seizing perpetrators of violence,” Mandac added.
Moreover, Provincial Administrator Perlas conveyed his gratitude to the PPOC members during the meeting. “ Your role as peace makers is not an easy task but you are taking the risks just to maintain peace and order in our province. We hope that you continue to fulfill your roles in order to make Cagayan a peaceful and serene place,”Perlas said.
Joining the PPOC meeting were representatives from PPDO, DILG, DAR, YMCA, DENR, DPWH, Process Luzon, Inc.,DOJ, NBI, PNP, DEPED, and NCIP.