Valencia City Holds Meeting on Peace and Order

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The City Peace and Order Council held its regular meeting to discuss the current situation and address the issues concerning peace and order in the city on October 26, 2015 at CAP Building Poblacion, Valencia City.

The event was headed by City Mayor Azucena P. Huervas, Chairperson of the City Peace and Order Council and was participated by the different government agencies and sectors in the city. The discussion focused more on the formulation of possible solutions or measures to address the issue on illegal drugs.

Police Superintendent Al Martinez Abanales, OIC of Valencia City Police Station suggested to the august body the creation of a drug rehabilitation center in the city. Some members of the council supported the idea and came up with another suggestion of organizing an anti-drug group or task force as part of the campaign.

Also considered is the suggestion to seek help from the religious sector to spread the advocacy of fighting illegal drugs. This includes the teaching of moral values to different schools and institutions.

Ms. Amalia A. Propia, City Local Government Operations Officer of DILG, said that there is already an organization of "Ugnayan ng Barangay at mga Simbahan" or UBAS, which is a partnership between the barangays and the parishes pushing for the advocacy of having good governance, projects and services for the people.

She added that there is also a dissemination of the DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2015-63 or the Revitalization of the Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC) and their Role in Drug Clearing Operations.

Mayor Huervas noted the proposed suggestions which will be subject for deliberation. "We still have to further study the ideas and make sure that we can implement an effective solution to maintain the peace and order of the city," she added.

Furthermore, the meeting also discussed the crime situation of the city and highlighted the gradual decrease of index crime for the month of October.