To convene the different stakeholders in its continuing efforts in maintaining peace and order in the province, the Provincial Government of Zambales headed by Governor Hermogenes E. Ebdane, Jr. together with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Zambales, conducted the 3rd Quarter Joint Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) and Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (PADAC) Meeting last September 30, 2019 at Balin Sambali, Iba, Zambales.
PPOC and PADAC Members, DILG Zambales Team, Chiefs-of-Police, Fire Marshals and other local functionaries were present during the said activity. The Provincial Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (PTF-ELCAC) Members were also in attendance.
DILG Zambales Provincial Director Armi V. Bactad as the PPOC Head Secretariat, presented the accomplishments of the councils for the 1st Semester of 2019, highlighting the different resolutions passed.
Representatives from the 3rd Mechanized Infantry Battalion of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Zambales Police Provincial Office (ZPPO), and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) shared their reports on the current situation of Zambales focusing on the threats of Terrorism and Insurgency and Criminality and Illegal Drugs.
Accomplishment Report and Ways Forward on the War on Drugs in Zambales was also presented on the said activity.
Another highlight of the said meeting was the awarding of certificates of commendation for the top three (3) performing Municipal Anti-Drug Abuse Councils (MADACs) of the Province, based on the concluded 2018 Anti-Drug Abuse Council (ADAC) Provincial Performance Audit last September 18, 2019.