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Police prepares for expected season rush

by T. Villavert

Iloilo City (11 November) -- Police Senior Supt. Gil B. Levin, Jr., Director of the Iloilo Police Provincial Office said that they are now ready for the expected busiest times of the year this holiday season.

Director Levin reported to Governor Arthur Defensor, Sr. during the first organizational meeting of the Iloilo Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) that even while there was no reported terrorist activity in the province, yet they intensify their intelligence monitoring to secure vital government and communication installations and public places.

Levin said that the PNP beefs up its personnel in identified high risk municipalities and maintains close coordination with the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Still on peace keeping activities, he said that they continue their anti-insurgency campaign, campaign against organized crimes, loose firearms and illegal drugs/fishing/gambling, and manhunt of wanted persons.

Governor Defensor who convened the meeting for the reactivation of the PPOC committed to give two patrol vehicles for the Iloilo Provincial Police Office to help augment their peace-keeping activities.

The Iloilo Governor said during the PPOC meeting that he will work with government officials and citizens in the proper enforcement of the laws to maintain peace and order in the province.

Meanwile, President Benigno S. Aquino III has ordered the crafting of a national security policy (NSP) and national security strategy (NSS) for 2010-2016 to guide all national security efforts on both public and private sectors towards the attainment of national security goals and objectives.

The Malacanang press report disclosed that the President in issuing Memorandum Order No. 6 cited the need to translate the vision of the Aquino administration towards a more secure and progressive Filipino nation. He said there is a need to ensure that the country's national security policy and strategy for 2010-2016 is responsive and complementary to the country's development goals and objectives.

The President tasked the National Security Adviser and the National Security Council Director General to spearhead the formulation of the NSP and NSS for 2010-2016 to coordinate with all concerned departments, agencies and instrumentalities of the government including government owned and controlled corporations and regional offices.

The NSP, according to him, must focus on: governance; delivery of basic services; economic reconstruction and sustainable development and security sector reform, the Malacanang press report disclosed. (PIA6) [top]

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