S. Cotabato allots PHP20-M peace and order fund for 2016

December 1, 2015 11:29 am 

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Dec. 1 — The provincial government of South Cotabato has allocated around PHP20 million for the programs and activities next year of the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC).

Lailyn Ortiz, Department of the Interior and Local Government provincial director, said such funding was based on the budget for 2016 earlier endorsed by the PPOC to the local government.

She said half of the allocation or around PHP10 million was set aside for the maintenance and other operating expenses of the council while remaining PHP10 million will be used for the proposed activities of its members.

“The major proposals include the purchase of barangay vehicles and patrol jeeps, and provision of livelihood assistance for the rebel returnees,” Ortiz said.

The Army’s 27th Infantry Battalion (IB) proposed for the establishment of halfway house for rebel returnees.

The facility will serve as venue where the returnees will be re-oriented and taught how to manage their livelihood projects before they return to their communities.

“Aside from providing livelihood, we also take some personal concerns of the returnees so we need to have an established halfway house,” said Lt. Col. Ronald Jess Alcudia, 27IB commanding officer.

For the Comprehensive Local Integration Program or CLIP, the council allotted an initial PHP100,000 as immediate assistance to the rebel returnees.

Another PHP5 million was proposed for the rollout of various community organizing activities and to augment the allowances of local military auxiliary personnel.

Alcudia said they will enlist additional auxiliary personnel next year to help secure around PHP10 billion worth of infrastructure projects that are being implemented in the province.

The South Cotabato Rehabilitation and Detention Center or provincial jail proposed for the construction of an additional building to cater to its increasing detainees.

The council also approved the allocation of around PHP6 million for the confidential fund next year.(PNA)

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