Commentary: La Union's tough stance vs insurgency
By Miriam P. Aquino
San Fernando City, La Union (6 September) -- Sharing its piece on the anti-insurgency drive program of the government, the Provincial Peace and Order Council of La Union (LU-PPOC) unfolds an intensified yearly Public Safety Action Plan to maintain peace, order and safety of all Ilokanos, though generally, the province remains to be the most peaceful in the region.
The government is determined to achieve peace and development and to put an end to communist insurgency which hounds Filipinos for number of years, giving particular task to the local government units (LGUs) to play high profile roles in combating this worldwide menace.
Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza ensures that the government pushes to continue with its peace initiatives with the National Democratic Front-Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army (NDF-CPP-NPA) which has been put in stall since 2004, but this time moving the channel through the grassroots level.
Taking by example Bohol's success in winning its war against the local communist rebellion through the "hard power of the military" and the "soft power of development" which resulted to the reduction of poverty, alliance-building, convergence, community organizing, capability-building and self-reliance.
LU-PPOC gives focus on Enhancing Intelligence Operations by maintaining info nets; Enhancing Interdiction Operations in both the defensive and offensive side thru target hardening and tactical operation; continuous enhancement of Police Community Relations and Operations; Strengthen Philippine National Police (PNP) or Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and civilian partnership.
Due to the post-election experiences on bomb threats to which the province has not been spared, particularly the City of San Fernando, an Early-Warning Device System; Organization of REACT 166 or Facilitating Fast Info Monitoring and Reporting; conducting Seminar on Bomb Detection and Disposal (bomb drill); IEC campaign on Bomb Terrorist Incident Management; Establishment of Bomb / Terrorist Telephone Hotlines; Enforcement of Security Measures such as: Inspection of Bags, Suitcases, Containers and other enclosed personal belongings of persons entering public buildings and structures were strictly implemented.
So far as La Union is concerned, data shows that no acts of insurgency has been reported, though the Reactivation of CAFGU Forces; Strengthening of the Crisis Management Committees and Security of vital installations is considered giving particular focus on barangays near the borders of Ilocos Sur and Benguet and Full implementation of the Amnesty Program of the Government is also given focus.
This action plan is implemented with the cooperation of the different agencies involved like the (PNP), LGUs, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), Peace and Order Councils (POCs), Department of Justice, and Civilian Volunteer Organizations (CVOs) and other line-agencies.
The LU-PPOC is actively chaired by Governor Manuel Ortega and PNPs Sr. Supt. Franklin Jesus Bucayu as the vice-Chairman. (PIA La Union) [top]