In order to synchronize the efforts of different stakeholders in maintaining peace and order situation in the province of Zambales, the Provincial Government of Zambales led by Hon. Hermogenes E. Ebdane, Jr. in coordination with DILG Zambales headed by PD Armi V. Bactad, held the 4th Quarter Joint Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) - Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (PADAC) and Provincial Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (PTF-ELCAC) Meeting on November 26, 2019 at Balin Sambali, Iba, Zambales.
Present during the activity were PPOC and PADAC Members, PTF-ELCAC Members, DILG Zambales Team, Chiefs-of-Police and other local functionaries.
PBGen Rhodel O Sermonia, Regional Director of Police Regional Office III, graced the activity. He updated the participants on the Philippine National Police implemented programs when it comes to its peace and order mandates.
Representatives from the 3rd Mechanized Infantry Battalion of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and Zambales Police Provincial Office (ZPPO) presented their reports on the current situation of Zambales focusing on the threats of Terrorism, Insurgency, Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict and Insurgency and Criminality and Illegal Drugs. Accomplishment Report and Ways Forward on the War on Drugs in Zambales were also presented on the said activity.
Hon. Hermogenes E. Ebdane, Jr. was also congratulated as the newly-appointed Regional Peace and Order Council Chairperson in Region 3.
Another highlight of the said meeting was the awarding of certificates of commendation to the LGUs of Masinloc, San Felipe, San Narciso, Sta. Cruz and Subic which obtained high compliance rating on the recently conducted road clearing validation on October 2, 2019.
Likewise, the Municipality of Botolan and San Antonio were also awarded with Plaque of Commendation for passing the 2019 Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG).