The People’s Law Enforcement Board Association (PLEBA) in the Province of Zambales was organized on July 24, 2014 during the Seminar for PLEB members of Zambales held at the Prime Asia Hotel, Angeles City.  The just concluded election of PLEBA officers confirmed the proclamation of Atty. Edmund D. Perez (Botolan) as President, Atty. Samuel Ablola (Cabangan) as Vice – President, Bishop Virginio Ducos (Iba) as Secretary, SB Member Lilia B. Butaran (Iba) as Treasurer, Ms. Connie A. Peñalosa (Candelaria) as Auditor, and Atty. Neptali D. Abasta as Press Relation Officer (PRO).  In order to have a representation of every municipality, the qualified members of the PLEB in the entire province unanimously approved the designation of one (1) representative from those municipalities with no representation in the elective positions to compose the Board of Directors (BOD).   The designated BOD members were PB Ceferino Roldan (Castillejos), Mr. Oscar E. Empeño, Jr. (Masinloc), PB Luzviminda Apino (Palauig), PB Irwin Mata (San Antonio), Ptr. Julius Abundo (San Felipe), Ms. Mayden Rondero (San Marcelino), SB Member Dan Alvarado (San Narciso), PB Felmar Movilla (Sta. Cruz) and Atty. Leonardo Gonzales (Subic).
 
   The new President – elect, Atty Edmund D. Perez, in his speech, expressed his gratitude for having been elected to the position and accepted the challenge of leading the PLEBA in the province with his assurance to assist the PLEB of every municipality using his technical expertise of handling cases.  Likewise, the new Vice-President – elect, Atty. Samuel Ablola, gave thanks to all the PLEB members and offered his helping hand as a lawyer to the PLEB of each municipality needing his assistance.  

   As a finale, Hon. Gov. Hermogenes E. Ebdane, Jr. administered the oath taking ceremony of the newly elected PLEBA officers and Board of Directors.  In his message, he emphasized a just and speedy trial of cases filed before the PLEB but prayerful of non-involvement of the police officers of the entire province in any administrative liability as well as criminal offenses.  Having equipped with the appropriate knowledge and skills through the seminar and having reorganized the PLEBA, which shall implement enhancement programs of the PLEB, he expected more efficient and effective boards in the entire province.

  

Zambales Governor Hermogenes E. Ebdane, Jr., in coordination with DILG Provincial Director Armi V. Bactad carried out the People’s Law Enforcement Board Workshop Seminar for the newly appointed PLEB members of the thirteen (13) Municipalities of Zambales held at Prime Asia Hotel, Angeles City from July 23-25, 2014.  The PLEB Seminar is an undertaking of the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC).

   Being the father of the Province of Zambales and with his deep concern to the men in uniform, Governor Ebdane stressed in his message the core value of discipline within the ranks and to find ways and means to improve the PNP system in Zambales.  According to him, collective decision making must be undertaken for erring PNP personnel and regular briefing must be provided to direct some misguided members.
 
   Lectures on Uniformed Rules and Procedures, Administrative Offenses and Penalties, Case and Records Management and Decision Making were discussed by NAPOLCOM Regional Director Atty. Manuel L. Pontanal, Regional Appellate Board Chairman Atty. Domingo P. Guanzon, Summary Dismissal Hearing Officer Atty. Arlene L. Castro-Co, and TSD Chief Atty. Bernardina Joven.  A mock trial was also facilitated and actively participated by newly appointed PLEB members with the assistance of prominent   lawyers in the Province in order to give insights and ideas on actual PLEB trials.

   Provincial Administrator Jun Omar C. Ebdane took time in joining the seminar and expressed his full support to the endeavour.  Also, Zambales Local Chief Executives led by Mayor Jun Rundstedt C. Ebdane, LMP President of Zambales attended the three (3) day activity together with the DILG headed by PD Armi V. Bactad and Mun. Local Government Operations Officers (MLGOOs) and PNP Provincial Director Manuel M. Abu and his Chiefs of Police were in full force attending the said seminar.  Among the mayors who attended were Castillejos Mayor Jose Angelo M. Dominguez, San Marcelino Mayor Jose F. Rodriguez, San Antonio Mayor Estella D. Antipolo, San Felipe Mayor Carolyn S. Farinas, Cabangan Mayor Ronaldo S. Apostol, Botolan Mayor Doris M. Jeresano, Palauig Mayor Generoso F. Amog, and Sta. Cruz Mayor Consolacion M. Marty.

   DILG Zambales thru the leadership of PD Armi V. Bactad, CESO V with CTL Rolando D. Ocampo and MLGOO Teresita R. Ola joined in the ground breaking ceremony of the PCF approved project in Barangay Sto. Niño, of the Municipality of Palauig this province last June 27, 2014.

   It was attended by the said LGU’s Municipal and Barangay Officials and Employees lead by Hon. Generoso F. Amog, Mayor.

   The project costs P2, 989, 564.96 which will be used for the concreting of the Sto. Niño – Tuktok Pangol Road.  One million of which came from PCF while the remaining amount came from LGU’s 20% Development Fund. The completion of the road would give ease to the delivery and transportation of goods and services by the Palauigeños from and to the national road.

   The Performance Challenge Fund (PCF), is a monetary incentive given to LGUs by the DILG in the form of counterpart funding to high-impact capital investment projects in the Annual Investment Program (AIP) and funded out of the 20% Local Development Fund consistent with national goals and priorities. In order to qualify for the monetary incentive, LGUs must comply with the criteria of the Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH) focused on sound Fiscal Management highlighting the absence of adverse COA Opinion on LGU financial statements and transparent and accountable governance putting value on  full disclosure and compliance to Anti-Red Tape Act 2007.

   Indeed, the said municipality was among the Five (5) Municipalities in the province conferred with the Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH), Silver Level and consequently was awarded 1M PCF.

   Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) Chairperson Governor Hermogenes E. Ebdane, Jr. convened the meeting of the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) at the Balin Sambali (Zambales Hotel), Iba Zambales last July 21, 2014.  

   Members of the PPOC in attendance included PSSupt. Manuel M. Abu (Philippine National Police), Dir. Manuel Pontanal (Regional Director, NAPOLCOM R3), Provincial Director Armi V. Bactad (DILG), Leonila T. Baluyut (DTI), Ms. Fe Y. Gallardo (PSWDO), Lt. Col. Monib T. Mamao (24th IB, 7th ID, Philippine Army), C/Insp. Jonas R. Silvano (BFP), Ms. Susafe F. Lodivero (PPO 1st District, DOJ), Mr. Romulo Manangan (PPO 2nd District, DOJ), Bishop Virginio Ducos (Hiyas ng Pag-Asa), and Lea Mayormita (NGO-Senior Citizens).  

   Also present were Vice-Governor Ramon G. Lacbain II; Provincial Administrator Jun Omar C. Ebdane; Mayors, Jun Rundstedt C. Ebdane (Iba), LMP President along with other Mayors namely Jose Angelo M. Dominguez (Castillejos), Generoso F. Amog (Palauig), Estela D. Antipolo (San Antonio), Carolyn S. Fariñas (San Felipe), Peter T. Lim (San Narciso), Jose F. Rodriguez (San Marcelino) and Consolacion M. Marty (Sta. Cruz). The mayor of Candelaria was represented by its Vice Mayor, Hon. Sergio R. Edquilang.

   Provincial Department Heads, Municipal Local Government Operations Officers (MLGOOs), Chiefs of Police (COP) and Municipal Fire Marshals were also present.
 
   The meeting was highlighted with the presentation of  Lt. Crispin E. Malibiran, Commander, NISG – NL,  from the Philippine Navy on the illegal fishing practices in the province and the activities made to apprehend the perpetrators.  The Philippine Army provided a situationer on the peace and order in the province, particularly on insurgency-related activities.  They also introduced the Army’s plans and programs for the remainder of the year, which includes continuous visibility and assistance during disaster and peace-time activities in the LGUs.  The PNP discussed its Disaster Preparedness Plan for the province, which included its organization during disasters, identification of evacuation centers for the whole province, trainings on search and rescue, and inventory of disaster equipment and also called for the need for continuous monitoring and coordination among the agencies (and the LGUs concerned) to prevent loss of lives and properties.

    DILG Provincial Director Bactad discussed the Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP) for former New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in the province.  The program aims to mainstream former rebels to the society by providing them with the necessary tools to continue their normal lives.  She discussed the integration process and the participation and role of the concerned agencies (AFP, PNP, DILG, CSOs, the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) and the concerned LGU) in the said program

    During the Governor’s Hour, Chairman Ebdane commended the AFP and PNP in their efforts in maintaining peace and order in the province, along with their programs in helping the community.  He also commended the efforts made by the LGUs in preventing the loss of lives during the recent typhoon Glenda and warned that more typhoons will still threaten the province.  He also noted the involvement of the community especially in the reintegration of former rebels in society, citing them as important actors in embracing those who once challenged the government.

   Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) Chairperson Governor Hermogenes E. Ebdane, Jr. convened the meeting of the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) at the Conference Hall, Zambales Hotel, Zambales Sports Complex, Iba Zambales last April 15, 2014.  This is the first PPOC meeting of the province for CY 2014.  This event was made possible thru the effort of the DILG led by Provincial Director Armi V. Bactad, CESO V, PPOC Head Secretariat in close coordination with the Provincial Government.

 

   Majority of the PPOC Members were present during the meeting including SSupt. Manuel Manalo Abu (Philippine National Police), Lt. Col. Gilmar N. Galicia (Philippine Army), Leonila T. Baluyut (DTI), Engr. Edward Ricardo G. Ramos, DPWH, Nelda D. Maycong (PPO 1st District, DOJ), Romulo Manangan (PPO 2nd District, DOJ) and Bishop Virginio Ducos (Hiyas ng Pag-Asa).  Representatives from the BFP, Provincial Prosecutor-DOJ, PSWDO, and DPWH also attended the said meeting.

   Other key persons in attendance were Vice-Governor Ramon G. Lacbain II; Mayors Doris Manuiquiz-Jeresano (Botolan), Ronaldo F. Apostol (Cabangan), Napoleon E. Edquid (Candelaria), Jose Angelo M. Dominguez (Castillejos), Jun Rundstedt C. Ebdane (Iba), Desiree S. Edora (Masinloc), Generoso F. Amog (Palauig), Estela D. Antipolo (San Antonio), Carolyn S. Fariñas (San Felipe), Peter T. Lim (San Narciso), Jose F. Rodriguez (San Marcelino) and Consolacion M. Marty (Sta. Cruz)  The mayor of Subic was represented by LGU employees.  Lead agencies such as the DILG, PNP and BFP along with the provincial government’s department heads were also present during the PPOC meeting.
 
   The meeting was highlighted with the presentation from the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Philippine Army (PA) and the PNP in maintaining peace and order in the province.

    A ceremonial awarding for the first ever Governor’s Award, the Search for Outstanding Public Officers in Zambales and 2014 Lupong Tagapamayapa Incentives and Awards took place wherein the following were adjudged winners:  SFO2 DOMINGO BAUGAN - Most Outstanding BFP Officer;  CPLVICTORIO AGCAOILI, JR. - Most Outstanding 24th IB Personnel (Non-Commissioned); CPT ALFIE ALONZO - Most Outstanding 24th IB Personnel (Commissioned); SPO3 CLARO DEVARA - Most Outstanding PNP Officer (Non-Commissioned); PSINSP GILBERT  DIAZ - Most Outstanding PNP Officer (Commissioned);   LGOO V TERESITA R. OLA - Most Outstanding Municipal Local Government Operations Officer (MLGOO); MR. ALFRED MANALO - Most Outstanding Barangay Tanod ; and BRGY. SAN NICOLAS of  Castillejos and BRGY. STO. NIÑO of San Felipe, Best Lupong Tagapamayapa for the 1st-3rd Class and 4th-6th Class Municipal Categories, respectively.

    Meanwhile, Gov. Ebdane commended the AFP and PNP in their efforts in maintaining peace and order in the province, along with their programs in helping the community. He also tackled the measures to be implemented that would ensure peace, order and safety in the community especially during the observance of the Holy Week. Finally, he instructed all Mayors to continue to coordinate with the PNP, AFP and BFP in a joint effort for the said campaign.