TARLAC CITY, March 18 (PIA) – In line with the national security and development framework formulated by the Malacañang, the city government has recently laid down its peace and order, anti-drug abuse and disaster response plans.

This was during the 1st Joint Conference of the City Peace and Order Council (CPOC), City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (CADAC) and City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) where specific plans and programs were presented and approved.

“We are glad that with the approval of the plans, we are assured that the security and public safety services will now be delivered more effectively to our communities,” Mayor Cristy Angeles said.

Angeles assured that the implementation of these programs are now on a more solid footing with the approval of these programs and support of other national government agencies.

For its part, Philippine National Police (PNP) Tarlac City reported that while there is a slight 5% increase in crime volume mostly from non-index crimes such illegal drugs, there is a significant 29% decrease in the index crime.

PNP Tarlac City noted that crime solution efficiency improved by 14% compared to last year.

Meanwhile, CDRRMC Officer Hensel Quiling recounted 96 emergency responses to fire, medical and vehicular incidents.

“During special events, CDRRMC is conducting search and retrieval operations, monitoring, trainings and seminars and public assistance,” Quiling added.

The city government has also tapped the PNP, CDRRMC, Bureau of Fire Protection and various public safety offices and units in implementing the Oplan Aksyon Anghel 24/7 that seeks to provide emergency assistance and respond to various complaints any time.

“In addition to a business-friendly environment, a stable peace and order situation and strong local capacity to respond to natural and man-made emergencies are key requirements in sustaining the rapid economic growth that the city is now undergoing,” Angeles reiterated. (CLJD/TJBM PIA-3)