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PIA Press Release
2009/02/27

Caraga RLECC lays out plan for 2009

by Robert E. Roperos

Butuan City (27 February) -- The Regional Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee (RLECC) of Caraga Region convened yesterday (February 26) and layed-out action plans for 2009.

During the meeting, PSSupt Ramon Espiritu, Deputy Regional Director for Operations of PNP-PRO-13 who acted as Presiding Officer called the chairmen of the respective sub-committees to present the plan.

Among those who presented the plan of action are the sub-committees on Drug Prevention chaired by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)-Caraga, Consumer Welfare with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Fire Prevention of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Anti-Trafficking in persons presented by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Traffic Management by the Highway Patrol Group, and Public Information chaired by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA).

Aside from presenting the plans of action, presenters of each sub-committee also made announcements on the thrusts and programs of their respective agencies.

Meanwhile, during the previous meeting of the committee, Department of Tourism (DOT)-Caraga Regional Director Leticia DC Tan who is the Chairman of the Sub-Committee on Tourist Security and Safety presented the action plan.

In her report, she emphasized the insufficient baggage screening machine (x-ray) in the airports and seaports. She also reported that there is a congestion and insufficient space for check-in and departing areas on these ports. Other issues and concerns presented to the council include the bad condition of runway surface, absence of waiting lounge for visitors, no uniform porterage fee, awareness of barangay officials of non-residence staying in the barangay, awareness of all concern agencies on big events of the region, and non-alignment of policies and programs, as well as unaccounted tourist arrivals.

To address the issues and concerns, Dir. Tan presented recommended measures such as procurement of one additional baggage screening machine at the entrance of pre-departure area, expansion of airport terminal building, asphalt overlay, construction of waiting lounge, formulate agreement on uniform porterage fee.

Tan also suggested that barangay officials should have a logbook for non-resident arrivals and there must be a coordination with concern agencies for them to be aware of their roles during big events in the region.

"In order to have exact figure or number of tourist arrivals, tourist visitors are required to register at the tourist assistance center.

Having some of the sub-committees who were not able to present their plan of action or road map, PSSupt Espiritu requested the Secretariat to call the attention of those concerned agencies to present during the next meeting. "Since there are still sub-committees who were not able to present their plan of action, the Secretariat is requested to call the attention of these concerned agencies and require them to present during the next meeting", he said. (PIA-Caraga) [top]

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