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Peace and Order Council meeting tackles Leyte's crisis management committee

Tacloban City (September 23) -- A briefing on Leyte's Crisis Management Committee particularly its composition and function, will be one of the important issues which will be discussed in the September 28 meeting of the Leyte Peace and Order Council.

The PPOC meeting which will be held at the Governors Hall of the Leyte Capitol Building will be presided by Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla who is the chairman of the Council.

Aside from the briefing of members on the composition and function of the Crisis Management Committee of Leyte, the PNP Leyte headed by Chief Superintendent John Q. Sosito, will also give pointers and briefing on hostage situation.

The new crime reporting system will also be discussed by the PNP Leyte while the Integrated Community Public Safety Plan 2011 will be presented by the DILG Leyte.

Among others, the PPOC members will also tackle the situationers on the Samar Cocaine bricks retrieval operations.

The council will also discuss the municipal peace and order counter insurgency fora which will be implemented, in line with the Governor's thrust to keep Leyte peaceful and orderly, and to make Leyte insurgent-free.

Leyte prides itself as among the several provinces of the country with a sustained program of encouraging the return to the folds of the law of communist rebels.

Currently, the Social Integration Program of the national government, is being implemented in the Province of Leyte, giving the opportunity to more than 30 rebels to be mainstreamed into the legal society.

Executive Order No. 773 provides that the Provincial Peace and Order Councils shall provide forum for dialogue and deliberation of major issues and problems affecting peace and order including insurgency.

The PPOC shall also recommend measures which will improve or enhance peace and order and public safety in the area of responsibility, including insurgency measures.

It shall also recommend measures to converge and to orchestrate internal security operations efforts of civil authorities and agencies, military and police.

The PPOC also has the power to apply moral suasion to or recommend sanctions against local chief executives who are giving material and political support to the Communist rebels.

Further, the PPOC shall monitor the provision of livelihood and infrastructure development programs and projects in the remote rural and indigenous population areas adopted to isolate them from the communist rebels' "Agitate/Arouse, Organize and Mobilize" and ideological, political and organization works. (PIA 8) [top]

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