To maintain the peace and order situation in Lanao del Norte amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, a joint meeting between the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) and Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (PADAC) was conducted Tuesday, November 17, at the Multi-Purpose Building in Capitol Compound, Tubod, Lanao del Norte.
Provincial Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo, concurrent PPOC and PADAC chairperson, presided over the meeting which focused on the security threat, peace and order situation, anti-illegal operations, and the 2020 Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) projects in the province.
The 2nd Mechanized Brigade reported that the Dawla Islamiyah Maute group and the communist terrorist group particularly the SRC5 of the North Central Mindanao Regional Committee remain the security threat in the province.
The Provincial Police Office (PPO), on the other hand, recorded 358 crimes for the period July 1 to November 15, 2020, a decrease of 8.91% (or 35 crimes) from the crime volume recorded in the same period last year. Of this number, 68 are index crimes while 290 are non-index crimes. Index crimes decreased by 37.6% (41 incidents) while non-index crimes increased by 2.1% (6 incidents). Crime clearance efficiency was registered at 93.3% while crime solution efficiency is at 77.65%.
The PNP attributed the decrease in criminality to the focused law enforcement efforts and enhanced management of police operations as well as the adoption of the local anti-criminality action plan by the respective municipal police stations.
The Provincial Office of the Philippine Drugs Enforcement Agency (PDEA) shared its accomplishments in reducing the proliferation of illegal drugs through a series of anti-illegal drug operations.
According to PDEA, local government units in the province are now more active in the fight against illegal drugs. Eight municipalities are now drug-free namely Kolambugan, Linamon, Magsaysay, Matungao, Nunungan, Pantao Ragat, Sultan Naga Dimaporo, Tagoloan, and Tangcal while 299 of the 462 barangays are already drug-cleared.
During the joint meeting, the PPOC also approved the realignment of the funds for the unimplemented programs, projects, and activities under the Peace and Order Program for CY 2020 for the procurement of reagents and kits for COVID-19 testing as well as procurement of PPEs.
The Council also adopted a resolution approving the Peace and Order and Confidential Funds Utilization Program for CY 2021. (APB/PIA-ICIC)
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