By U.S. News Agency / Asian
The Philippine National Police (PNP) here has expressed optimism that its protracted campaign against criminality and insurgency will further boost peace and order situation in the province.
Recently, the PNP and the Philippine Army (PA) signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to enhance their coordination in their joint efforts to curb the wave of criminality and insurgency in the province.
The MOA was signed by Police Senior Supt. Elmer Beltejar, provincial director, and Lt. Colonel Ernesto Simon, commanding officer of the Army’s 86th Infantry Battalion, based in Ifugao province.
“With this agreement, we can work together with proper coordination and unity of resources to effectively implement our respective operation,” Beltejar said.
The agreement involves the creation of a Provincial Joint Peace and Security Coordinating Council (JPSCC) to undertake plans for intensified security operations against lawless and criminal elements and private armed groups.
Through the MOA, the two agencies will also conduct uniform dissemination of timely and relevant information to the community, implement aggressive legal offensive stance in collaboration with all government investigative bodies and review and evaluate peace and security situation as well as recommend appropriate measures to the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC).
Beltejar said that with the MOA, recent efforts between the Army and the police on joint anti-insurgency operations in areas frequented by communist guerrillas yielded negative encounters such as in Barangay Cabuluan in Villaverde town and Barangay Runruno in Quezon town.
The PNP, he added, also formed peacekeeping volunteers in various villages here in a bid to increase their vigilance and civilian support against criminal activities where the Barangay Peacekeeping Action Teams (BPATS), a form of community policing strategy, were organized recently as force multipliers of the PNP in the 15 municipalities of the province.