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PIA Press Release
2006/09/22

RPOC-NorMin formulates Integrated Area/Community Public Safety Plan

by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

Cagayan de Oro City (22 September) -- Problems on terrorism, illegal drugs, insurgency, robbery and theft as well as illegal gambling have topped the list of peace and order concerns that needs to be addressed immediately in Northern Mindanao.

These are the first five (5) problems that came out after a short-listing was made by the m embers of the Technical Working Group (TWG), Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC), region 10, during a recent workshop held at the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Cagayan de Oro City.

"We wanted to come up with an Integrated Area/Community Public Safety Plan (IA/CPSP) for region 10, hence, we gathered the RPOC-TWG to formulate such plan," said Atty. Susan Lorea, Asst. Regional Director of the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM), their office being the RPOC10 Secretariat.

The workshop was attended by representatives of the five (5) pillars of the Criminal Justice System (CJS), namely: law enforcement, prosecution, courts, correction and community pillars of society.

Focus of the law enforcement pillar is on the sustained and integrated interagency operations against crime and the conduct of active community participation in anti-crime activities while that of the prosecution pillar is on the speedy disposition of cases.

On the other hand, the courts pillar 's focus is on the increased accessibility of the latest jurisprudence in criminal law while that of the corrections pillar is to continue the training programs for effective supervision and control of correctional officers and line personnel as well as the review of the parole and probation laws and livelihood programs for inmates.

As to the community pillar, it's focus are the community-based strategies on crime prevention that are designed to build and strengthen the grassroots towards creating peaceful development areas, such as, the drug abuse prevention programs for families.

Inputs to the activity included a situational analysis and assessment of the peace and order situation of the region for the last three (3) years and the constraints that hindered the success in stopping each of the identified problems.

Also among the inputs was a listing of the core values of the residents as well as the identified strengths of the different agencies/ organizations involved in law enforcement/ peacekeeping functions and other facilitating factors that ensure or sustain favorable peace and order condition in the region.

Meanwhile, Pres. Arroyo has appealed to the Filipino people to rally as "one" behind the police authorities and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in the fight against terrorism.

"I ask the Filipino people to remain alert and give the authorities information about suspicious persons or cargoes as our security forces are keeping an eye on the movements of terrorists to prevent them from launching deadly attacks against our people," the President said. (PIA 10) [top]

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