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La Union holds joint meeting on peace and order, drugs, justice concerns

By Miriam P. Aquino

San Fernando City, La Union (24 September) -- The Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC), Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (PADAC) and the Provincial Council of the Five (5) Pillars of Criminal Justice System convened on Tuesday, Sept 21, in a joint meeting held at the Diego Silang Hall, Provincial Capitol, this province.

Highlights of the meeting are the discussion on issues regarding the Peace and Order Situation in the province, La Union Drug Cases/Situation, Status of Major Cases Filed in Courts or under Prosecution, Status of Cases of Provincial Jail Inmates in various Regional Trial Courts (RTC) in La Union and Recommendations for Jail Decongestion, Response or Action Being Taken on RTC cases, as well as the various Action Plans made for calendar year 2010.

La Union Police Provincial Director Ramon O. Purugganan, also the Vice-Chair for the PPOC, presented the Peace and Order Situation in the province as of July 1 ? Aug 31 of this year vis-ā-vis that of same period last year and the Action Plan of 2010.

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency - Regional Office Director Roberto S. Opeņa briefed the participants on the Drug Cases / Situation with PADACs Action Plan for this year.

The Status of La Union Major Cases Filed in Court or under Prosecution was discussed by Provincial Prosecutor Danilo S. Bumacod.

Provincial Jail Warden Albert C. Palomique updated the group on the Status of Cases of Provincial Jail Inmates in various RTCs and presented his recommendations for Jail Decongestion.

In reaction to all the reports, Governor Ortega enumerated the priority issues on which he would like to be address effectively.

Among these priority concerns are : the strict implement of Mayors and Station Commanders to the curfew hours especially during weekdays; for law enforcers to be keen on graffiti vandals making fun of sidewalks/streets; law enforcers to be really hard on nailing down drug pushers particularly here in the province; the continuous implementation of his program MIA which stands for Magsidalus Iti Arubayanna.

The Governor pledged to provide full support to the needed facilities and trainings of SWAT Teams, PDEA and the judiciary.

Ortega, also the Chairman, spearheaded the event in cooperation with the Local Government Units (LGUs), different line-agencies, non-government organizations (NGOs), Regional and Municipal Trial Court Lawyers, and the like. (PIA-RO1/LU) [top]

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