The DILG Tarlac in coordination with the National Police Commission Region 3 and Provincial Government of Tarlac conducted the Seminar Workshop on the Capability Enhancement of People’s Law Enforcement Boards (PLEBs) of Tarlac on September 23-26, 2014 at the Subic Bay Peninsular Hotel in Subic Bay Freeport Zone.  

    The PLEB is one of the local special bodies mandated by law to be created in LGUs particularly in cities and municipalities.  The PLEB is composed of members from local sanggunian, punong barangay, and CSO representatives chosen by the local peace and order council.   It is an administrative body with the authority to hear and decide citizen complaints against members of the Philippine National Police and, therefore, exercises judicial functions.

    The seminar workshop featured presentations from renowned chiefs/lawyers of the NAPOLCOM Region 3 such as RD Manuel L. Pontanal, ARD Leonardo C. Guzman, Atty. Domingo P. Guanzon, Atty. Bernardina V. Joven, and Atty. Arlene Castro-Co.

    During the opening program, Provincial Director Araceli A. San Jose of DILG Tarlac stressed the importance of holding a PLEB seminar to help LGUs be familiarized on the processes involved from filing cases to rendering decisions on cases against policemen which are brought to the said Board. She also said that citizen’s participation is evident in PLEB thereby giving CSOs more chance to participate in governance especially in disciplining erring policemen.

    DILG-3 RD Florida M. Dijan in her message, emphasized the importance of disciplining policemen especially with the recent events where some policemen gained notoriety as they were tagged as suspects in some crimes. She said that there are only few scalawags in the PNP and that most of its members are of high integrity. “The very few scalawags should not be allowed to tarnish the image of the PNP”, she said.  In closing, RD Dijan asked the members of PLEBs, NAPOLCOM, and PNP to join hands in disciplining policemen and in ensuring peace and order and public safety.

The activity also featured a mock court where the participants were divided into groups for this role play.  The knowledge gained during the seminar were applied in the role play with RD Manuel L. Pontanal of NAPOLCOM R3 critiquing the mock court and providing suggestions and giving more information.

PSSupt Alex B Sintin, Provincial Director of Tarlac Provincial Police Office, joined RD Pontanal and PD San Jose as panelist in the Open Forum.  The chiefs of police of the Province of Tarlac also participated during the Open Forum.  As stakeholders, the participation of the chiefs of police and the chance to interact with the disciplining authorities are deemed important.

PD San Jose extended her gratitude to the PLEB members who participated in the seminar and asked them to inform their localities on the existence of PLEB as a disciplinary mechanism that promotes citizens participation.

 

       SALINTUBIG Program provides grant financing and capacity development for planning, implementation and operation of water supply projects poorest barangays with high level of water-borne diseases, and resettlement areas and rural health units (RHUs) without access to safe water and Bottom-Up Budgeting (BUB) areas that propose water, and Bottom- Up Budgeting (BUB) areas that propose water supply system in the Local Poverty Reduction Plan (LPRAP).

   Twenty six (26) units shallow wells will be installed in barangay Lawy, Sto. Rosario and Cutcut I, while (15) deep well pumps will be installed in the western barangays of barangay Bueno, Maruglu , Sta. Juliana and Sta. Lucia. A total of 9, 830 households will benefit from the said financial subsidy under the Sagana at Ligtas na Tubig sa Lahat (SALINTUBIG) program.

   The LGU Capas, Tarlac was qualified for the financial subsidy for being consistent recipient of the Seal of Good Housekeeping Award [SGH] during the past years under the administration of MAYOR TJ RODRIGUEZ.

   With the dynamic leadership of MAYOR RODRIGUEZ, Capas is also in the forefront in using state-of-the-art computer technology to boost the delivery of services and improve the performance of personnel. It has won the grand prize in business licensing performance many times and is already a Hall of Famer in this aspect of local governance at the regional level.

   Capas also takes pride in being the first LGU in Central Luzon to have a representative from the indigenous people in the Sangguniang Bayan in the person of Councilor Kennedy S. Molina.

 

RESPONDING to the immediate needs of the victims of ‘Yolanda’, the provincial government of Tarlac[PGT] launched “TawidTulongVisayas”, a relief effort drive aimed at extending aid to the millions of victims of the super typhoon in the Visayas region.

   Governor Victor Yap, who called on all Tarlaquenos to donate whatever they can as the survivors badly need aid as almost all of the people in the path of the super typhoon were left homeless and lacking food and water, said that we have to act as one and help our brothers and sisters who were unfortunate victims of “Yolanda.”

   AS A GESTURE of sympathy and support to the millions of victims of super typhoon “Yolanda”, the provincial government of Tarlac will forgo its traditional Christmas Party scheduled this holiday season.

   The capitol, has announced, in a department head meeting on November 20, that it would cancel its Christmas party and instead donate the entire annual festivity budget to the typhoon victims.