Pampanga POC OKs P40M budget for 2018

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – The Pampanga Peace and Order Council (PPOC) chaired by Governor Lilia “Nanay” Pineda unanimously approved its P40 million proposed budget for 2018 on Monday.

The governor was assisted by 3rd District Board Member Rosve Henson, chair of the public order and security,
The budget proposal was presented by Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Provincial Director Myrvi Fabia during the Joint Meeting of PPOC and Anti-Illegal Council held at Kingsborough International Convention Center.

Fabia bared the funding of various programs, projects and activities of the council to be utilized for crime prevention and anti- insurgency in the amount of P16,000,000; law enforcement -P600,000 which includes police operation against loose firearms, illegal drugs and unwarranted persons; anti-illegal drug operations – P10,000,000; administrative services – P4,400,000 to be spent for command conferences, supplies and materials, insurance of Bantay Bayan and Lupon Tagapamaya Incentive Awards; equipment outlay – P2,000,000 and capital outlay -P7,000,000.

During the meeting, Fabia also disclosed that PPOC has a remaining budget of P28 million for 2017.

With this, the committee approved three resolutions for the re-alignment of the unspent budget and allocated for the following: P14 million for strengthening of POC programs, intelligence fund and force multipliers; P2 million for purchasing of radio equipment and P9 million for the installations of brand new closed circuit tv (CCTV).

According to Henson, the said purchase of CCTVs are addition to those previously installed under the crime prevention projects and will be placed on strategic areas in the province to be identified by the chiefs of police in their respective areas of responsibilities.

Governor Pineda, for her part underscored the importance of the projects and activities of the PPOC to yield more positive results in the campaign against crime and illegal drugs in the province.

“Gusto kong projects yung pang matagalan para mapakinabangan ng marami para sa katahimikan ng probinsya natin,” the governor ended.

The PPOC also approved the recommendation of Lt. Col. Arnel Cabugon, Philippine Army Commanding officer of 703rd Infantry Brigade for the conduct of Leadership Summit next year for the Kapampangan youth so they could be oriented on their vital role in nation building and become effective partners of the government and how they could avoid the use of illegal substance. –Ma. Reina Len Luna/PIO