Barangay kaps reminded: You are first line of defense

PROVINCIAL SECURITY SUMMIT

LINGAYEN—Gov.  Amado Espino III again reminded barangay chairmen and officials that they are the first line of defense of the province even as he urged members of the academe, youth leaders and other stakeholders to help the provincial government ensure families’ security against criminals, smugglers and diseases during the Provincial Security Summit last Monday.

“You are the first line of defense of our beloved province. Keep watch on your communities and don’t forget why you were voted by your constituents,” he told the barangay officials.

“If there are strangers doing unusual activities, report it immediately to the police,” Espino intoned.

He earlier called on the barangay officials to watch out for possible smuggling of ASF -affected swine from other provinces via entry points to their communities by unscrupulous traders.

“This summit is very timely and important,” Espino said.

The provincial security summit discussed topics that included violent extremism, African Swine Fever (ASF), drugs and terrorism to prepare local government units in ensuring security and peace and order in their jurisdictions.

DILG provincial director Randy dela Rosa said the security summit was a project of the provincial government of Pangasinan, DILG, Philippine National Police (PNP) and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) as an information campaign on their advocacy on security and peace and order.

Among the other topics discussed in the summit was role of the youth on the fight against illegal drugs and terrorism, role of the barangay based institution in peace and order and security, role of the community in containment or eradication of swine disease among others.

“Violent extremism was included so that the people will understand the impact of insurgency in the development of a certain place,” Dela Rosa said. (Helen Martin)

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