>> Tuesday, September 30, 2008
By Angel Baybay
BONTOC, Mountain Province – The Provincial Peace and Order Council received another national award for its “consistent efforts in addressing peace concerns in the province and in the region in general.”
In a letter addressed to provincial governor and PPOC chairman Maximo Dalog, Local Government Sec. Ronaldo Puno said the Mountain Province PPOC was adjudged second in the national search for the best provincial peace council for the year 2006.
The province was entered in the first to third class province category. The national search is an annual activity of the National Peace and Order Council chaired by the DILG secretary to strengthen peace councils in all levels in effectively coordinating public and private sector involvement towards the attainment of peace and order in the country.
“The national search team is pleased to inform you that your provincial peace council has been adjudged second best council in the country for the first to third class province class. The exemplary performance and service delivery of your council despite modest means shall serve as role model and inspiration to other peace and order councils,” the letter said.
The provincial PPOC was earlier a Hall of Fame awardee under the fourth to sixth class province bracket after it consistently placed first since 1996.
It was selected as the best council in 2004 when it first joined the upper category then was among the five national finalists the following year.
Davao province topped this year’s search.
Dalog said the province may not join future searches to give chance to other Cordillera provinces interested in joining the annual search.
He said he would write a letter to the regional National Police Commission which acts as the Regional Peace and Order Council secretariat to inform other provinces in the region to prepare needed documents for the upcoming regional selection.
“The national citations awarded to the PPOC are indeed blessing to the people for their cooperation and sense of volunteerism in keeping peace within the province. We want other provinces to experience the same. Who knows, they may have better chances of landing at the top,” Dalog said