Public safety plan for Pangasinan in place

LINGAYEN – An intensified peace and order program for the province can be expected with the approval of the Peace and Order Public Safety Plan by the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) and Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (PADAC) last Monday, March 13.

Department of Interior and Local Government Provincial Director Agnes A. De Leon said the overall plan includes strategies addressing illegal drugs, particularly strengthening the anti-drug abuse councils (ADACs), massive information and education campaigns (IECs) and provision of livelihood program for surrendered drug users.

She said the provincial government has allocated P10.5 million funds while the PNP allotted P4.32 million for the three-year program on illegal drugs.

Vice Gov. Jose Ferdinand Z. Calimlim, Jr. stressed that implementation of the peace and order program should be a shared responsibility not only of the provincial government and different line agencies but also of the local government units (LGUs).

A new priority of the POC that will be addressed is the high incidence of vehicular accidents and the Land Transportation Office (LTO) will be asked to deputize PNP stations in the province to look into the incidents.

The Pangasinan Provincial Police Office, meanwhile, restated its commitment to seek reduction of crime rate while seeking to clear the province of illegal drugs.

The POC and PDAC will meet on a quarterly basis but the committees to be formed will meet on a regular basis.

Gov, Amado Espino III, POC chairman, directed the creation of committees to specifically oversee activities of identified problem areas, i.e., illegal drugs, vehicular accidents, traffic woes, cyber crimes, among others.

At the meeting were DILG Regional Director James Fadrilan, Liga ng mga Barangay Federation Prov’l President Jinky Zaplan, PDEA Reg’l Director Jeoffrey C. Tacio and PNP Provincial Director Ronald Lee. (PIO/RRB)