Oroquieta City – Police Senior Superintendent Leony Roy Geroche Ga who takes over command of the Misamis Occidental Police Provincial Office (MOCPPO) from its former acting Provincial Director Senior Superintendent Archival Diokno Macala who is now with the region’s Public Safety Battalion (RPSB 10) warmly welcome the contingent of the Philippine Army led by 55th Infantry Battalion Commander LTC Vener Y Morga to the monthly Joint AFP-PNP Peace and Security Coordinating Center (JPSCC) meeting at the function hall of the Misamis Occidental Police Provincial Office.
The said meeting is the meeting point of the Army Forces of the Philippines particularly the Philippine Army with counterpart in maintaining peace and order to their area of responsibilities and to coordinate with other government National Agencies and the Local Government Units within their areas.
On Friday morning, Police Senior Superintendent Leony Roy Ga who nearly two days old as the Officer in Charge of the province Police Forces call upon his fourteen Municipal Police Chiefs and the Chief of Police of Ozamiz, Tangub and Oroquieta City Finest to talk about plans and updates on the prevailing peace and order situation of Misamis Occidental and shared it to his counterpart the 55TH Infantry “Vigilant “Battalion
With them are the representatives of the province Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), The DENR provincial Environment Officer, COMELEC Provincial Election Officer and the Province Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer to talk and share plans and programs particularly on Disaster Preparedness, CNN Threats, the Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP) and the upcoming National and Local Election on May 9, 2016.
The Joint AFP-PNP Peace and Security Coordinating Center (JPSCC) was establishment sometime in 2007 to uphold peace and order and strengthen security and maintain cooperation with the military and police with their counterparts to know each other and plan together measures of emergency preparedness and to response to any given situation.
With Army Capt Pableo Baloja, 55th IB S2 briefed the participants and especially the new Police Director on the current and prevailing insurgency situation where the province is confronted with two “Natarang Guerilla” Unit of the Western Mindanao Revolutionary Party Committee of the CPP-NPA-NDF, NG Sendong and NG Joji.
Meanwhile as counterpart, the PNP under Senior Superintendent Ga represented by his Deputy PD for Operations, Superintendent Herbert Olavidez on the criminality and police operations of the whole province fourteen municipalities and three cities whom accordingly, generally manageable with its implementation of the Police Integrated Patrol System (PIPs) and the Lambat-Sibat operations were it was known that crime clearance increased by 38.9% while Crime solution has increased to 45.9 % from the previous police operations.
With the presence of the DILG Assistant Provincial Director Sanivier Patoc, the Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP) of the department that has been implemented after a joint memorandum circular 2004-01 of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government, said program for the former rebels especially the New Peoples Army of the Communist Party of the Philippines is now with the Department of the Interior and Local Government being the frontline of government to its government units.
CLIP is the former Social Integration Program (SIP) of the Arroyo’ Administration to deal with rebel returnees who goes back to the folds and give them financial assistance to start a new life together with their love ones thru a livelihood assisted project for a decent living.
While PENRO Adeline Daba of the DENR talks about the government Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force, that is confronted with some menace of the environment particularly kaingineros, illegal loggers of the ASEAN Heritage Park, the Mt. Malindang Ranges of Misamis Occidental. The AFP and the PNP are both members of the government Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force.
As the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer, Mr. Gain Paul de Barras, shared the province expertise in Disaster Preparedness and well surely help the military and police in enhancing their capabilities to move and communicate as first responder to any eventualities like typhoons, flash floods, earthquakes, landslides of which Misamis Occidental is prone too.
To end the one day meeting, COMELEC Provincial Staff, Mrs. Jane Jumawan briefed the JPSCC on the forth coming National and Local Election on May 9, 2015 particularly pursuant to COMELEC Resolution 9991 and 9981, on the recent filing of the Certificate of Candidacy that peaceful and successful, and the upcoming Secure and Fair Election (SAFE) 2016 campaign that will focus the cooperation of the COMELEC, the PNP and the AFP.
Accordingly, for the past election in 2010 and 2013, Misamis Occidental has been place as one of the areas of concern by COMELEC.PJT