Cebu City creates peace council; Talisay recruits advisors for police

TO COME up with a three-year peace and order plan, including efforts for public safety, is the main duty of a body recently created by Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella.

Labella issued an executive order on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019 forming the City Peace and Order Council (CPOC). It follows the Local Government Code of 1991, which mandates that a local peace and order council must be established in all provinces, cities and municipalities.

The mayor chairs the CPOC, while Vice Mayor Michael Rama acts as the vice chairman.

The major CPOC members are the City Council’s peace and order committee chairman, Association of Barangay Councils (ABC) president, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) head, Cebu City Police Office director, Cebu City chief prosecutor and district engineer.

DILG Cebu City Director Ian Kenneth Lucero heads the CPOC secretariat. The current peace and order committee chairman is Councilor Phillip Zafra, while the ABC president is City Council’s ex-officio member Franklyn Ong.

The CPOC must convene once in every three months. If the need arises, or in emergency situations, the council could meet. Labella’s executive order also states that the CPOC must adopt a resolution for the creation of special action committees.

The CPOC’s budget for its expenses and activities will be sourced from the peace and order funds, or from any available City funds.

The formation of the CPOC came weeks after Labella was appointed as the Regional Peace and Order Council head in Central Visayas by President Rodrigo Duterte.

Advisory body

In Talisay City, Cebu, the City Advisory Council for Police Transformation and Development (CACPTD) was formed to strengthen the peace and order situation in the said local government unit.

The advisors took their oath of office before Mayor Gerald Anthony Gullas Jr. on Friday, Nov. 15. The police-created body will hold a monthly meeting.

Talisay City Police Chief P/Maj. Gerald Ace Pelare said the CACPTD is composed of members of the City Council and other government agencies. All sectors in the city are part of the body—people involved in business, religious groups, youth, labor groups and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, among others.

He said they also want representatives from the senior citizen sector.

“Our thrust is to have a consultative and comprehensive policing. We do not only rely on ourselves in law enforcement,” Pelare said.

He said the peace and order situation in a place would become better if the community, police and other sectors would work together.

With the CACPTD’s creation, Gullas is hopeful that the peace and order situation in the city would be taken care of by several advisors.

He said there will be “more minds to think” and make suggestions to the police. (JJL, FMD / KAL)