THE Municipal Council approved an ordinance creating a Municipal Advisory Council of La Trinidad Police Station sponsored by Councilors Roderick Awingan and Henry Kipas.
The multi-sectoral governance council is proposed to assist in the implementation of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Patrol (Peace and Order Agenda for Transformation and Upholding of the Rule-of-Law) Plan 2030.
In line with the local government unit (LGU) Code, the advisory council was created to supervise the La Trinidad Municipal Police Station (LTMPS) and in line with the Philippine Governance System, which requires the establishment of a Multi-sectoral Governance Council to support the implementation and monitoring of the PNP Patrol Plan 2030 in La Trinidad.
Under the Patrol Plan 2030, the PNP is set to address dysfunctions within the organization, strengthen the power of the police to enforce the law, and increase the benefits of its personnel.
The ordinance tasks the municipal advisory council to identify key priorities and strategic issues in the Patrol Plan 2030 and tasks the members of the advisory council to provide insights regarding the policies, plans, and programs of the PNP in order to promote the political, socioeconomic, cultural, and moral development within the local police. Other functions given to the council also include the power to enable resources necessary to support programs and policies of the LTMPS.
The ordinance limits the power of the advisory council by prohibiting the council from having administrative or operational authority for specific operational decisions of the LTMPS. Funding of the advisory council will be appropriated under the Mayor’s Office of La Trinidad. (Jenny Alexis Caburian/UP Baguio intern)