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Mayor Lim reconstitutes city’s peace and order council

DAGUPAN CITY — Mayor Brian Lim has named 18 government officials and civil society organizations representatives as members of the city’s Peace and Order Council (POC).

In an executive order he signed before leaving for Malaysia on Monday (October 14, 2019), Mayor Lim chairs the council with Vice Mayor Dean Bryan Kua as vice chair, in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Department of Interior and Local Giovernment (DILG).

Mayor Lim traveled to Malaysia to attend the 7th Asia Pacific Urban Forum, which will be held from October 14 to 17.

City government officials named as POC members were Councilor Luis Samson Jr., Sangguniang Panlungsod committee on peace and order chair, Councilor Marcelino Fernandez, Liga ng mga Barangay city federation president, Lt. Col. Abubakar Mangelen Jr., city police chief, Leila Natividad, city social welfare and development officer, Dr. Ophelia Rivera, city health officer, Gabriel Cardinoza, public information officer, and Emma Molina, city agriculturist.

Also named as members were national government agency officials Marilyn Laguipo, city local government operations officer, Dr. Maria Celia J. Fernandez, city schools division superintendent, Atty. Ma. Victoria Datuin-Cabrera, city prosecutor, Natalia Basto-Dalaten, Department of Trade and Industry provincial director, Rizaldy Jamalin, National Bureau of Investigation provincial chief, and Atty. Arlyn Buduhan, OIC-community environment and natural resources officer.

Representing civil society groups in the council were Francisco Arzadon Jr., Bantay Kaabay chair, Joey Baluca, National Chaplains of the Philippines director and Ret. Gen. Fausto Cayabyab Jr., Dagupan’s Finest Retirees Association representative.

Under the DILG memorandum, the POC is tasked, among others, to formulate a three-year Local Peace and Order and Public Safety Plan (POPS) consistent with the city’s Comprehensive Development Plan.

It is also mandated to provide a forum for inter-disciplinary dialogue and deliberation of major issues and concerns affecting peace and order and public safety nationwide.

Another task is for the the council to recommend strategic actions or activities aimed at promoting, improving, or enhancing peace and order and safety measures, including anti-insurgency measures within the city.

The council, which will convene quarterly, will be assisted by a secretariat headed by the city local government operations officer. /Dagupan PIO