PNP Abra resurrects law enforcement coordinating council
by Maritess Beņas
BANGUED, Abra (8 February) -- Due to the unceasing cases of criminality in the province despite efforts to curb the seemingly incurable "culture of violence" and "culture of fear" among Abreņos, Abra Provincial Police Director Alexander A. Pumecha decided to re-activate the Provincial Law Enforcement Coordinating Council (PLECC) which had hibernated for a long time.
The last time the PLECC met was when Gen Eugene G. Martin acted as OIC Provincial Director of the Abra Philippine National Police decades past.
Pursuant to Executive Order No. 829 of September 11, 1982, the PLECC was organized nationwide to foster closer cooperation among law enforcement bodies to ensure unified direction and integration of efforts in the effective enforcement of laws and the suppression of criminal activities prevalent in the communities.
Pumecha is hosting the re-organizational meeting scheduled on February 7 at the Abra Provincial Police Office (APPO) in Camp Juan Villamor.
Still on the peace and order concerns, Pumecha issued an advisory on the implementation of Executive Order No. 585-A, otherwise known as the Firearm Amnesty Program.
Pumecha said the APPO will be conducting one week processing and registration of all loose firearms and renewal of licenses of registered firearm holders scheduled from February 25 to 29, 2008.
Concerned holders of firearms may now avail of the amnesty program. An amnesty fee is collected from the applicants; P5,000 for each high powered firearm and P3,000 for each low powered firearm.
Pumecha clarified that "Paltik firearms" or homemade firearms are not covered under the Firearms Amnesty Program.
It may be noted that one of the primary reasons for the formation and deployment of Task Force Abra (TFA) is to crackdown the private army groups (PAGs) in the province. This was one of the causes of the very high criminality rate as a consequence of the proliferation of loose firearms in the province. (PIA-Abra) [top]