TARLAC CITY (PIA) — Police Regional Office 3 (PRO 3) launched Friday the Joint Industrial Peace Concerns Office (JIPCO) that will be the “first line of defense” of industries in Tarlac against infiltration of communist front organizations.
Police Regional Director PBGen. Rhodel Sermonia said JIPCO is a police community relations program intended to promote the morale and welfare of the labor workers and protect the investment of local and foreign businesses from left-leaning groups.
“Industrial peace is a major requisite to attain social economic progress. We are gathered here because we all agreed to protect our investments, our industries, and our economic zones from the consistent threat of those who seek to destroy our economy by way of crippling our industries,” he emphasized.
JIPCO is vital in addressing the complexity of labor unrest insinuated by communist groups.
It seeks to consolidate the strength, resources and capabilities of the government to build a united front that will stand against communist groups.
“JIPCO will prevent them from gaining a foothold in the industrial zones and will stop them from destroying the industries and labor force in Central Luzon and other regions across the country,” Sermonia furthered.
With this, Sermonia enjoined industry players, locators, investors, security managers and human resource managers, government sectors and local government units in Tarlac to work as one body.
“What we need to establish is the collaborative partnership to protect investment and JIPCO is exactly the primary collaborative partnership platform,” he added.
For his part, Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) Tarlac Deputy Zone Administrator Cluster 3 Allan Datahan stated JIPCO is a proactive approach to protect the locators, companies and labor workers in the economic zone.
“With the help of the police (through the) JIPCO, we can maintain the peace and harmonious relationship within the industrial and economic zone,” Datahan stated.