Puno orders local execs to activate, convene peace and order councils
Cagayan de Oro City (7 August) -- Secretary Ronaldo Puno of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has directed all heads of local government units (LGUs) to immediately activate and convene their respective peace and order councils (POCs) and formulate peace and order plans in compliance with a law that sets in motion and strengthens such bodies.
In a press statement, Puno said local POCs as well as Barangay Peace and Order Committees (BPOCs) nationwide should factor in their respective peace and order plans in the executive budgets that they submit to the Sanggunians or local legislative bodies for authorization in their annual appropriations ordinances or supplemental ordinances.
As DILG chief and concurrent chairman of the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM), Puno also ordered all concerned officials of the DILG, NAPOLCOM, and regional offices of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to extend the necessary assistance to all LGUs in the implementation of these directives.
DILG-10 Regional Director Quirino Libunao reiterated this call of the Secretary to all local executives in region 10. He cited the importance of convening these Councils in their respective LGUs to update and strengthen their peace and order and public safety plans. He also pointed out the significant contributions of the barangay tanods in helping the PNP address the terrorism and insurgency threats.
Provincial, City and Municipal POCs were reorganized by Executive Order 309 issued in 1987 by then President Corazon Aquino. Said councils were later institutionalized through subsequent amendments of said EO. The latest Executive Order 366 introduced the creation of the barangay POC.
The appointments of regional POC heads are recommended by the DILG secretary in his capacity as chairman of the National Peace and Order Council, and approved by the President. In Northern Mindanao, Governor Jose Ma. Zubiri of Bukidnon heads the RPOC.
The rest of the Provincial peace and order councils (PPOCs) are chaired by governors, while city and municipal POCs are headed by city and municipal mayors. BPOCs are chaired by punong barangays. (DILG-10) [top]