Members of the Provincial Peace and Order Council and the Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council of Lanao del Norte convened for the first time of the year, to discuss issues and concerns not only on peace and order and the government’s campaign on the fight against illegal drugs, but also health issues that concerns the security of the people and the nation, such as the Novel Coronavirus Acute Respiratory Disease, the African Swine Fever, the Polio vaccination campaign, and the implementation of the Universal Health Care as one of the pilot provinces in the country.

Provincial Governor Imelda ‘Angging’ Quibranza-Dimaporo, the Chairperson of both Council, called on all Local Chief Executives (LCEs) to continue the proactive attitude in all the programs of the national government, as well as to the initiatives of the Provincial Government and the two Congressional District Offices, whose primary intention is to uplift the lives of the people by implementing programs, projects, and activities in partnership with various national government agencies.

The Chairperson and the members of the council were pleased to hear the report of Dr. Teresa M. Reponte, the head of the Provincial Health Office, that no reported incident of Novel Coronavirus Acute Respiratory Disease in the province as confirmed by the Municipal Health Officers.

And on the issue of African Swine Fever, the Provincial Chief Executive reminds the council members to monitor the situation in Davao Occidental. The province declared a state of calamity last February 4 due to the ASF and hoping that the authorities in Davao Occidental can contain the virus as soon as possible, and could not further spread in nearby provinces and cities.

Governor Angging also took the opportunity to expressed gratitude to the Local Chief Executives and the Municipal Health Officers for the support extended to the Department of Health in making the Polio vaccination campaign successful in the province.

On February 6, the Department of Health and PhilHealth Region 10 answered the request of the Provincial Government to conduct an orientation meeting on Universal Health Care for all health care service providers in the province before its implementation and appealed to LCEs to support the UHC program.

“To the Mayors, let us support the implementation of UHC in Lanao del Norte, Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza Dimaporo of the 1st District, have been working hard on this so that our constituents can benefit from this program. The Provincial Government and two Congressional District Offices need your support to make this successful. This is for the people, especially the underprivileged who cannot afford to go to a private hospital,” the Governor said.

In addition, Governor Angging appealed to the opposing Mayors not to deprive the people to participate in the programs of the Provincial Government. “Please let your constituents join the activities initiated by the Provincial Government. Let them participate in activities that strengthen camaraderie with other municipalities. Let us set aside politics, instead focus our energy on what we need to do for the greater good of the people of Lanao del Norte.”

Brigadier General Facundo Palafox IV, 2nd Mechanized Infantry Brigade Commander, presented updates on the status of the Communist Terrorist Group, Jemaah Islamiyah Maute Terrorist Group, and other lawless elements operating in Iligan City and Lanao del Norte. And assured the Council members that the Armed Forces of the Philippines is closely monitoring the activities of these unwanted elements.

While the Provincial Police Office through Police LtCol. Viflor P. Sinoc, the Deputy Provincial Director for Administration, discussed police operations conducted in the province to safeguard public order and safety.

Provincial Planning and Development Officer, Engr. Anecita R. Lendio presented to the Council the following for DILG Resolution through PPOC Secretariat and Chairman, DILG Provincial Director Bruce Augusto Colao: (i) 2020-2022 Peace and Order and Public Safety (POPS) Plan, (ii) 2020 POPS Plan Utilization Program, and (iii) 2020 Confidential Fund Utilization Program.

Moreover, the Council approved a Resolution addressed to Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana of the Department of National Defense and Secretary Eduardo M. Año of the Department of the Interior and Local Government, the retention of PNP and AFP Checkpoints in Lanao del Norte, despite the lifting of Martial Law last December 31, 2019, and was strongly agreed by Vice Governor Maria Cristina N. Atay.

Governor Angging was happy to see that most of the Municipal Mayors were present in the joint PPOC-PADAC Meeting and actively participated in the discussion.

The joint meeting was held at Riana’s Catering Function Room, Mindanao Civic Center, Sagadan, Tubod, Lanao del Norte, on February 7, 2020. PIO-LDN