Strongly committed to preserve the peace and order in the community and totally eliminate the drug-related crimes in the province, members of the Cavite Provincial Peace and Order Council (CPPOC) and the Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (PADAC) convened to collaborate in the 4th Joint Quarterly Meeting of CPPOC and PADAC held at The Bayleaf Hotel in General Trias on November 15, 2019.

Roll call and acknowledgement of participants was facilitated by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)-Cavite OIC Provincial Director and Head Secretariat Eloisa G. Rozul. Upon the determination of the quorum, the meeting was called to order by Provincial Administrator for Community Affairs Alvin Mojica .

Updates on peace and order situations, internal security, drug clearing updates, road clearing validation, and African Swine Flu were presented by Cavite Provincial Police Office OIC-Provincial Director PCOL Marlon Santos, Commanding Officer 202nd Infantry Brigade Col Alex Santos  Rillera,  Provincial Officer Philippine Drug-Enforcement Agency (PDEA) – Cavite Billy Viray, Engr. Archie delos Reyes of DILG and Provincial Veterinary Office Head Dr. May Magno, respectively.

In response, Governor Jonvic Remulla pointed out his views on how the provincial government can help on easing the access to information to solve the crimes being committed against any individual as the province strengthens its program on information technology by implementing the free wifi connectivity in the whole province. The governor also echoed his commitment in providing additional police vehicles for police operations and reiterated the initiative of the provincial government in instigating programs that can help in maintaining the peace and order situations in the community.  He encouraged the partakers to be vigilant and accountable enough to report any forms of violence arising in their locality to alleviate the task of the enforcers and penalize the persons committing crimes against the law.

Moreover ,Mr. Alisxandre Joshua Babaan of the Provincial Planning and Development Office explained the Provincial POPS Plan for 2020-2022 and elaborated the resolution approving the release and utilization of the 2020 confidential fund to finance campaign against illegal drugs and address the issues on peace and order as reflected in the POPS Plan 2020-2022.

PD Rozul on the other hand, presented the resolutions passed during the 3rd quarter meeting, 4th quarter accomplishments of the PPOC and PADAC and the forthcoming activities. She also reported the resolution for the composition of the PPOC Secretariat. She also led the PTF-ELCAC presentation of the 12 ELCAC clusters or line of efforts including situational awareness and knowledge management; local government empowerment; legal cooperation; strategic communication; sectoral unification, capacity building and empowerment; basic services; poverty reduction, livelihood and employment; infrastructure, resource  management and employment ; localized peace engagement; peace, law enforcement and development support; E-CLIP and amnesty program; and international engagement.

The event was concluded with the signing of the pledge of commitment by the members of PTF-ELCAC to ensure the inter-agency convergence in the implementation of the framework and to develop a strategic communication, advocacy and peace constituency plans in case of ceasefire, as well as capacity building measures to enable local chief executives and local peace bodies to engage and facilitate local peace engagement or negotiations  and interventions.

In attendance during the meeting were local chief executives including Trece Martires City Mayor Gemma Lubigan, Mendez Mayor Fredderick Vida, Amadeo Mayor John Redel Dionisio, GMA Mayor Walter Echevarria, Ternate Mayor Lamberto Bambao, Maragondon Mayor Reynaldo Rillo, SK Provincial Federation President Jerome Napoleon Gonzales, heads and representatives from various offices in the provincial and local government and the members of AFP, PNP, PDEA, and DILG.