COTABATO CITY – The City Peace and Order Council (COPC) of Lamitan City adopted on Thursday, March 9, a three-year peace and order and public safety plan for 2023 until 2025.
The three-year plan is meant to boost local security and enhance the business climate of the city.
Mayor Roderick Furigay said on Saturday, March 11, that COPC members approved the measure during a session Thursday, the first for this year.
Furigay said his administration earmarked P192 million for programs and activities related to Lamitan City’s 2023-2025 peace and security plan.
The CPOC meeting was partly capped off with the grant of citations to the barangay governments of Limook, Malinis, Bulingan, Colonia, and Maligaya for obtaining high ratings in a 2021 Barangay Peace and Order Council Functionality Audit.
The CPOC meeting was attended by members of the Sangguniang Panglungsod, representatives of the local police, the Basilan Provincial Police Office, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Basilan, the Association of Barangay Captains (ABC), and from units of the Army’s 101st Infantry Brigade.
Officials of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), and the police’s elite Special Action Force Company assigned in Lamitan City and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) also participated in the CPOC meeting, which was held at a gymnasium in the city hall compound.
Furigay said he is grateful to the security sector for supporting extensively the peace and security initiatives of his office.
Furigay, as mayor, is chairperson of the CPOC. (JOHN UNSON)