MAASIN CITY, Mar. 9 (PIA) - - The Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) in Southern Leyte sets new priority programs in its pursuit of a more peaceful and orderly community in 2020.

Led by Provincial Governor Damian G. Mercado, who is also the Provincial Peace and Order Council chairman, eight priority programs were presented during the first PPOC quarterly meeting held March 3, 2020 at Congressional Convergence Office, old DPWH Function Hall, Maasin City.

The PPOC body shall work on a total of P15 M funds to be distributed with the following priority programs for their implementations this year, it was learned.

Under the Crime and Disorder category, funds were provided for the Insurance for Barangay Tanods (Give A Card, Save A Life Program), wherein the barangay tanods across the province will be recipients to accident insurance in close coordination with the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), celebration of National Crime Prevention Week and support to secretariat services.

The body, as well, provided enough funds to encourage the 500 barangay justice systems across the province thru its Katarungang Pambarangay program to perform harder. The funds will be used to provide incentives for Lupong Tagapamayapa Incentive Awards (LTIA) provincial winners in different categories such as city, first – third and fourth – sixth class municipalities.

The Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) unit in Philippine National Police- Southern Leyte Provincial Police Office (SLPPO) will receive funds amounting to P6.9 M as presented.

According to PNP- SLPPO Provincial Director PCol Nelson DC Eucogco, the local police forces here shall be trained in crisis management operations such as handling hostage-taking incidents, honing their skills as sharp shooters, on sniping, some knowledge on bomb detection, among other special operations skills.

For Anti-illegal Drugs campaign, funds were also allocated for the construction of a recovery clinic in Pintuyan District Hospital and establishment of Balay Silangan Reformatory and Rehabilitation Center in Barangay Libas, Hinunangan, it was learned.

While the Confidential Funds dedicated for the sustained anti- illegal operations were among those new priorities being pushed. (esg/PIA-8 SoLeyte)