The Abra Police Provincial Office (Abra-PPO) presented the peace and order situation in Abra during the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) and Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (PADAC) joint meeting headed by Governor Joy Bernos, PPOC chairperson on March 29, 2019, at the Provincial Capitol.
Abra-PPO report stated that the political atmosphere in Abra is generally manageable since there is no recorded election-related incident since the start of the election period on January 13, 2019.
Abra-PPO also presented their security plan where the COMELEC, AFP, PNP, DILG, other agencies, and stakeholders will join forces to ensure orderly and peaceful 2019 elections.
Abra-PPO has taken actions since the start of election period such as the strategic deployment of personnel, intensified checkpoints, and anti-criminality campaign through the Abra Shield.
They also conducted enhanced engagement with political parties, supporters, and community stakeholders through dialogues or Conflict Mediation and Diffusion.
The 24th Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army through their assessment, also reported that the peace and order situation in Abra will continue to be manageable.
The communist groups operating in Abra were degraded due to the effective implementation of the Internal Security Operation with active support of the different stakeholders. The Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) encouraged the formers rebels to surrender and reintegrate to society.
Mayor Rosalinda Biscarra of Luba reported the accomplishment of the Municipal Peace and Order Council where they initiated barangay-based anti-criminality, anti-drugs, and anti-insurgency programs.
This empowered the community to develop sustainable efforts for effective crime prevention and drug control as the center stage of maintaining its internal peace and order.
She said that despite the threat of insurgency, Luba has no recorded violent and nonviolent activities from communist groups.
She also presented the 13 graduates of the Community Based Drug Rehabilitation and Wellness Program in December 2018.
PPOC, chaired by Governor Bernos monitors the implementation of peace and order programs in the province.
The council is made up of representatives from government agencies and the private sector and local chief executives.