The Municipal Peace & Order Council (MPOC) and Municipal Anti-Drug Abuse Council (MADAC) jointly convened today for their 2nd quarter meeting in line with both councils’ thrust in fostering an integrated approach to sustain peace and order, and public safety, Sangguniang Bayan (SB) Session Hall, Brgy. 2, Poblacion, Camalig, Albay.
 
Discussions mainly delved in Camalig’s peace and order situation which the Philippine National Police (PNP) noted to be in “manageable” or “normal” state as crime occurrences in the town remain minimal due to PNP’s intensification of police presence, anti-criminality operations, and enhanced public security initiatives and crime prevention.
 
Camalig Municipal Police Station (MPS) further relayed updates regarding crime volume in which there have been an evident decrease of index crimes (-12.5%) and non-index crimes (-21.52%) this year compared with the reported statistics in January to April, 2020.
 
Camalig MPS also cited operational accomplishments including apprehension of persons involved in illegal logging, illegal gambling, full adherence to RA 9165 or “The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002”, and continuous “Oplan Manhunt Charlie” campaigns which led to the apprehension of eighteen (18) persons with arrest warrants.
 
Said unit also identified the remaining drug-affected barangays in the town and asked support from concerned agencies and individuals through regular coordination with the government and its partner agencies in the implementation of anti-illegal drug operations.
 
Complementing the PNP’s anti-illegal drug advocacies, the Municipal Social Welfare & Development Office (MSWDO) updated the councils regarding said office’s general interventions for Persons Who Used Drugs (PWUDs) wherein a total of forty-three (43) PWUDs have so far been catered by MSWDO’s programs including focused group discussion on self awareness, mandatory drug-testing, and other relative after-care support.
 
In matters concerning anti-insurgency, the Philippine Army remains operative in the assessment of the town’s threat situation, disposition and location of troops, and monitoring of Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) movement.
 
The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) also relayed accomplishments including response to the town’s recent fire incidents and the conduct of fire prevention awareness campaigns through traditional and digital media.
 
Camalig Local Chief Executive, Hon. Carlos Irwin G. Baldo, Jr. likewise stressed the crucial need to strengthen security measures in the town through the approval of a resolution requesting security agencies specifically the PNP and BFP for the establishment of a sub-station in Brgy. Cotmon and other far-flung barangays.
 
LGU-Camalig also eyes to construct a Municipal Emergency Operations Center – a command center expected to accelerate the town’s security, disaster, and emergency response through the collaborative efforts of PNP, BFP, the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Office (MDRRMO), and the Municipal Health Office (MHO).
 
The Mayor further highlighted the upcoming implementation of the “COVID-19 Safety Seal” – a printed form/signage which is set to be displayed conspicuously at all entrance points of public and private establishments to determine compliance with the minimum public health standards such as but not limited to, wearing of face masks and shields, proper hand hygiene, and observance of social/physical distancing.
 
The MPOC and MADAC are scheduled to convene again on August 27, 2021 to report further accomplishments and formulate additional intervention priorities for the Camaligueños amid the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
 
Article by: Mr. Tim L. Florece, PIO