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PIA Press Release
2007/09/15

Lagawe MPOC vows to combat illegal gambling

by Mhars B. Lihgawon

LAGAWE, Ifugao (15 September) -- Members of the Municipal Peace and Order Council here vowed to combat all forms of illegal gambling upsetting the peace and order situation of this capital town.

This came about as the council noted that one of the current problems of this municipality is the presence of illegal gambling including jueteng most especially in the urban barangays.

The presence of "jueteng bet collectors" (kubradors) is an evidence of the existence of jueteng hence it is not excluded in the limelight even though it is being raffled in the neighboring province like Nueva Vizcaya, the MPOC stated.

Mayor Ceasario Cabbigat earlier declared his opposition to all forms of illegal gambling including jueteng.

To combat this social threat, the MPOC members agreed to conduct regular on the spot inspection on the different suspected gambling dens in the municipality to check its existence, request all church preachers to include the evil effect of gambling during worship days, and write a request letter to the PNP Provincial Director asking his real stand regarding all forms of gambling.

The council also plans to request the Civil Service Commission here to remind all head of offices regarding the norms and conducts of government officials/employees due to the continuous presence of employees in the gambling area even office hours.

Earlier, Cabbigat issued an executive order re-constituting the existing MPOC of this town to be effective in performing its mandate as stipulated in the Local Government Code.

The MPOC is composed of the Mayor as chairman, Vice Mayor Roscoe Kalaw -vice chairperson. Members are Sangguniang Bayan Chairperson on Committee on Peace and Order, Local Government Officer, Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer, Municipal Chief of Police, Municipal Trial Court, Municipal Health Officer, Lagawe Senior Citizens and Veterans representatives, St. Mary Magdalene Parish and some deputized national agencies like the Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Education and the Philippine Information Agency.

The functions of the MOPC are to formulate plans and recommend measures that will improve peace and order and public safety ; to monitor the implementation of peace and order programs and projects of the Local Government Unit; conduct periodic assessments of prevailing peace and order situation and submit report with recommendations to the Chairperson of the National Peace and Order Council and to receive complaints against government personnel, civilian, or military and endorse the same to the agency concerned and demand/compel such agency to submit reports of action taken thereon. (PIA Ifugao) [top]

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