TF Buglas proposes P50-M fund for anti-terrorism campaign

TASK Force Buglas, the anti-terrorism task force of the Negros Occidental provincial government is proposing a budget of about P50 million to implement its security measures.

Colonel Eliezer Lozañes, commander of 303rd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army based in Murcia town, said the various task groups presented their respective budget proposals during the Task Force Buglas meeting held Friday at the Nature’s Village Resort in Talisay City.

Lozañes said some of the task groups have yet to finalize their proposed appropriations for the anti-terrorism campaign.

Only the task groups on anti-criminality and internal security have finalized their budget proposals, which was pegged at P50 million, he added.

Lozañes said the fund will be used for anti-terrorism equipment like bomb suit, robot, personal vest, mobile van, and others.

Other task groups are focused on coast watch, humanitarian assistance and disaster response, critical infrastructures and bio-physical security, communication, and information, education and advocacy.

Moreover, Lozañes said that task group on critical infrastructures and bio-physical security will conduct inspections on commercial establishments to ensure that they comply with security measures required by the law.

He added that establishments like hotels, malls, resorts, and casinos should have appropriate number of security personnel, x-ray machines, and closed-circuit television circuits.

Lozañes also said the task force drafted an ction plan to be executed during and after possible terrorism scenarios like bombing, kidnapping, hijacking and seajacking.

He said the task force is also looking to strengthen its communication lines with the community.

Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator Maria Lina Sanogal said the budget proposed by the task force will be sourced from the Capitol’s disaster and peace and order funds through supplemental budget.

The Provincial Government has P50 million in peace and order fund and more than P100 million in disaster fund for this year, said Sanogal, task force executive director.

She said the budget will be presented in the next Provincial Peace and Order Council meeting for approval.

Under the executive order signed by Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. on June 8, Task Force Buglas shall ensure the proper coordination of different agencies to protect Negros Occidental from the threat of terrorism, crime and other lawless elements; coordinate to efficiently provide humanitarian assistance during times of crisis and disasters; strengthen communication linkages with communities to immediately gather reliable information that needs swift action; promote community awareness on their roles on law enforcement and public safety; and perform other functions that may be necessary for the purpose of sustaining peace and order and public safety.
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