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EPD holds first-ever Advisory Council Summit.

By Jhon Aldrin Casinas

To update its stakeholders on its peace and order agenda for the next 10 years, the Eastern Police District (EPD) on Wednesday held its first ever Advisory Council Summit.

Over 200 advisory council members, composed representatives from the business, religious, academe, judiciary and the media sectors, attended the summit held at the historic Club Filipino in San Juan City.

Officials from the Philippine National Police (PN) also graced the event with Brig. Gen. Ronaldo Ilagan giving the keynote address on behalf of National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) director Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazaro

"The purpose of this summit is to update the PNP stakeholders/partners in the implementation of the PATROL Plan 2030," EPD director Brig. Gen. Christopher Tambungan said in a press briefing.

The summit, Tambungan said, will also "showcase the model partnership between the PNP and its community stakeholders" which could be replicated by other councils in the country.

The annual event, he furthered, will also "enhance the organizational focus and result to the effective alignment of agencies' performance with active stakeholders."

Police Brig. Gen. Noel Baraceros, director of the PNP's Center for Police Strategy Management, said that the PATROL Plan 2030, which stands for Peace and order Agenda for Transformation and upholding of the Rule of Law, begun in 2009.

Baraceros explained that the PATROL Plan 2030 is "a long-term plan of the PNP" that aims to "transform the organization to become highly capable and credible."

To date, there are 17,000 advisory council members nationwide, with its members coming from various sectors in the society, he said.

"The role of the advisory council, which is one of the requirement of the PGS (Performance Governance System), they really play a big role," Baraceros said.

"They give us expertise that is not available to the PNP," he said, adding that the advisory councils have contributed at present over six billion in various contributions nationwide," he added.

EPD Advisory Council Chairperson Joseph Aaron Miravalles said the volunteers represent various sectors in society, concentrating on the advisory council's efforts towards the betterment of the community.

"Kami nag-aadvice kami. We're giving suggestions outside the box," he said.

"The institution, we are trying to transform it, but the best way to do it is there is somebody looking from the outside. That's us, the advisory council," he added.

Outgoing San Juan City Mayor Guia Gomez welcomed the participants of the summit where she took note of the low criminality rate in their city during her speech.

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