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Roxas turnover of patrol jeeps in Samar
DILG Sec. Mar Roxas at the blessing and turnover of patrol jeeps to all 23 Samar municipalities. Also in photo are Samar Governor Sharee Ann Tan and Vice Governor Dingdong Avanzado of Siquijor. Avanzado has roots in Samar.

DILG Secretary Roxas leads turnover of patrol jeeps; holds dialog on EV peace situation

By MYLES JOSEPH E. COLASITO
May 28, 2015

CATBALOGAN CITY - All twenty-three (23) towns in Samar province will now have new police patrol jeeps to help curb criminality and assist in disaster response operations. This, as Secretary of the Interior and Local Government Mar Roxas will distribute brand new units of multi-role patrol jeeps today, May 28, 2015 in simple rites at the Provincial Capitol in Catbalogan City.

The jeeps will help the police boost peace efforts by enabling it to reach even the remote barangays. These are part of the first tranche of the 1,470 brand new patrol jeep units procured by the PNP, which will be distributed nationwide under the PNP mobilization program.

“Sa ilalim ng Daang Matuwid na polisiya ng administrasyon, lahat ay magkakaroon ng isangpatrol jeep. Sino ka man, nasaan ka man, hindi ka pababayaan, walang maiiwan,at hindi ko kayo kalilimutan,” Secretary Roxas said.

The procurement of new patrol jeeps is part of DILG’s efforts to curb criminality in areas outside Metro Manila, following the success of Oplan Lambat-Sibat: a deliberate (hindi bara-bara, hindi patsamba-tsamba), programmatic (hindi kanya-kanya, hindi patse-patse), and sustained (hindi ningas-cogon, hindi photo-opp lang) approach.

After the turnover, Secretary Roxas will meet with the Joint Regional Peace and Security Council in Camp Lukban, Catbalogan City for peace and order assessment and consultation. The DILG Secretary will also attend the closing program of the Youth Leaders Training on Disaster Risk Reduction at the Samar Provincial Capitol in the afternoon.

This activity also called the Operation Listo Wemboree, aims to involve the youth in making communities disaster resilient. DILG as the agency tasked under Republic Act10121 as Vice Chair for Disaster Preparedness, has strengthened the capacities of local governments against disasters.

In Eastern Visayas, Regional Director Pedro A. Noval Jr. said the agency is in the thick of popularizing the Listo disaster warning system; conduct of training and various forms of technical assistance, and preparation of the Disaster Preparedness Audit, among others.