By Jennifer Catan-Tilos
NEGROS ORIENTAL (PIA) — The Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) has recently formulated the peace and order and public safety plan (POPS) and allocated a budget of about P37 million to attain a safe, secure, peaceful and progressive province.
Provincial Director Dennis Quiñones of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) said the planning of programs, projects and activities for peace and order and public safety is relative for budget preparation and inclusion in the proposed 2017 annual budget of the province.
The major issues and problems included in the POPS involve a series of crime prevention activities in general and anti-drug campaign under ‘Oplan TokHang’ in particular.
The council also tackled the law enforcement strategies, anti-insurgency drive, and other measures on internal security operations efforts of concerned agencies.
The public safety plan also aims to impact on the growth and development of the province which include environmental protection, traffic management, fire protection and suppression, youth development, rehabilitation and corrections among others.
Col. Leopoldo Galon Jr., deputy commander of the 303rd Infantry Brigade, has also pushed for the inclusion of the Youth Leadership Summit (YLS) in the budgeting for a hundred participants coming from different local government units.
Galon said the YSL is a joint program of the military, local government unit and other stakeholders which aims to develop skills of the youth leaders, raise awareness on health, environmental protection and promote peace among the youth in their respective communities.
This is also to strengthen anti-drug campaign which the young leaders help combat the rampant spread of drugs in the country, the military said. (rmn/jct/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was originally published at PIA Website on Aug. 5, 2016)