THE Negros Occidental Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) and Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (Padac) have approved a total of P118 million worth of programs, projects and activities (PPAs) during the fourth quarter joint meeting at the Provincial Capitol's Social Hall in Bacolod City Monday, November 9.

Of which, P87 million in PPAs are for endorsement to the Provincial Development Council (PDC) for inclusion in the 2020 Supplemental Annual Investment Program.

The PPOC also approved the P31.1 million worth of various barangay infrastructure projects funded through the 2020 Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (Pamana) of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (Opapp).

The projects under a tripartite agreement between the Opapp, Department of the Interior and Local Government and Provincial Government of Negros Occidental are also for endorsement to the PDC for Supplemental Annual Investment Program as well.

Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson presided the said meeting attended by Vice Governor Jefferey Ferrer, Provincial Administrator Atty. Rayfrando Diaz II, DILG-Negros Occidental Officer-in-Charge Evelyn Vista and council members.

Also present were 303rd Infantry Batallion Commander Colonel Inocencio Pasaporte and Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office Director Colonel Romy Palgue who also presented their respective projects and accomplishments in line with the province's peace and order initiatives.

Other members of the council, including town and city mayors of the province also attended the meeting via Zoom.

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Provincial Office, meanwhile, reported updates on the drug-cleared barangays.

Board Member Juvy Pepello presented an update on the ongoing programs and projects of the Liga ng mga Barangay while the Provincial Health Office discussed the Covid-19 updates in the province. (With Capitol report)