GOVERNOR Amado I. Espino III encourages barangay leaders in maintaining a safe and peaceful Pangasinan during the Provincial Security Summit held at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center on October 7.
“Magtulungan po sana tayo para panatilihin ang katahimikan ng ating probinsya,” said Gov. Espino as the Chairman of Peace and Order Council in the province.
It was highlighted during the summit that the barangay officials, particularly barangay captains are the front-liners of defense in the province which means that they have the knowledge and responsibility to continuously watch over their jurisdiction.
Governor Espino mentioned that the goal of the provincial summit is to gather all the community leaders and stakeholders and inform them about the current situation of the province specifically in terms of security, preparedness, and resiliency.
The current state of the province was also laid down by Gov. Espino. Some of the major concerns of the province the summit aims to address, include: the threats on safety such as the terrorism rumors surrounding the Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Manaoag, the ambush of former Governor Amado T. Espino Jr., the recent typhoons which hit the province and the African Swine Fever case in Mapandan.
“Kailangan ninyong malaman kung ano ang sitwasyon at paano kayo makatutulong sa ating probinsya,” said Gov. Espino.
The governor further reminded the public officials to lead in addressing the concerns of their constituents.
Gov. Espino also mentioned that the Provincial Security Summit also aimed to prepare the barangay officials on possible incidents that might happen in the province.
Issues on violent extremism, terrorism, drugs, peace, order and security, African Swine Fever updates, and barangay disaster risk reduction and management reports were also discussed during the summit by various invited speakers, namely: PLt/Col. Norman Florentino, Philippine Army Col. Audrey Pasia, DILG OIC Dir. Randy Dela Rosa, Asst. Provincial Veterinarian Jovito Tabajeros, and Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Rhodyn Luchinvar Oro.
The Provincial Security Summit was attended by barangay captains, municipal and city disaster risk reduction and management officers, and school officials. /Paula Jhea Sison
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