THE Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) and the Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (Padac) held a third quarter joint meeting at the Capitol Social Hall in Bacolod City on Thursday.
PPOC/Padac action officer Ma. Lina Sanogal presided over the meeting in behalf of Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. who is the chairman.
Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)–Negros Occidental director Carmelo Orbista presented the details of the POC Performance Audit that aims to assess the performance of the Local POC, their functionality and compliance to existing laws and policies.
It will also determine the best practices conducted and initiated by the POCs and POC Secretariat and their possible interventions and improvement strategies, as well as create a platform for evaluation, assessment, and sharing of best practices between and among POC and Secretariats.
The POC Audit Team will be composed of the DILG, Office of the Governor, AFP, PNP, Office of the Vice Governor and Sangguniang Panlalawigan, National Police Commission, and USLS Bahay Pag-asa; the performance audit is targeted to be implemented this month.
During the meeting, Capt. Emil Charlie Jaudian of the 303rd IB presented on the latest security updates and operations of the Philippine Army.
Meanwhile, provincial police director Senior Supt. Rodolfo Castil Jr. said that Negros Occidental is generally peaceful with a decreased crime volume of 66.62 percent from January to August of this year.
He also reported on the updates of illegal drugs and other successful police operations in the province.
He said that one of the challenges they have is that there are still members of the community who are uncooperative with law enforcers in the conduct of police operations and that others refuse to give information with regards to the would-be offenders including their whereabouts.
Disaster Management Program Division head Zeaphard Gerhart Caelian also gave the latest update on Typhoon Ompong which will affect Northern Luzon. He said that the DMPD has issued a blue alert status to all LGUs in the province.
Provincial Social Welfare and Development officer Elena Serenias said they are prepared for all assistance and food supply, and they are ready in case evacuation measures will be needed. (PR)