CABANATUAN City -- The Nueva Ecija Provincial Peace and Order Council chaired by Gov. Aurelio M. Umali passed on Tuesday a resolution approving the institutionalization of Oplan: Lambat-Sibat and the putting up of a joint PNP-AFP-CAFGU peacekeeping force that will be deployed in the province’s strategic entry and exit points with the primary goal of curbing criminality and improving public safety.
In approving the three-page resolution, the NE-PPOC aims to adopt and institutionalize the implementation of Lambat-Sibat operations after it was proven that it has become effective and relevant in curbing crime incidents in the province based on the consolidated accomplishment report of the police.
Lambat-Sibat refers to a holistic police approach designed to combat criminality nationwide.
According to the resolution, which was passed during a PPOC meeting held at the Sierra Madre Suites in Palayan City on Tuesday, Lambat-Sibat was able to provide timely and accurate intelligence reports to the police and other law-enforcement agencies.
This enabled authorities to effectively respond to crime situations as its concepts provided them the knowledge of when particular types of crime are occurring, how and where crimes are being committed, and who the criminals are in a particular incident, the resolution said.
Umali, also chair of the Central Luzon Regional Peace and Order Council, said the council advocates the establishment of a special investigation task force that includes the National Bureau of Investigation in said probe body and that this be also institutionalized as a Lambat-Sibat component to be used as an effective tool in crime suppression and prevention.
Among those present in the PPOC meeting were newly-designated provincial director of the Department of the Interior and Local Government, Renato G. Bernardino, ex-DILG PD Dr. Abraham A. Pascua, Supt. Ricardo E. Villanueva, Provincial Public Safety Company commander, Col. Felimon T. Santos Jr., 703rd Infantry Brigade commander, Leovino C. Ignacio, provincial environment and natural resources officer, Atty. Carmelito Mangulabnan, of the provincial prosecutor’s office, representatives from the Cabanatuan City-National Bureau of Investigation office, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Department of Public Works and Highways, the Department of Education and other stakeholders.
Umali also stressed that to be able to sustain the gains of Lambat-Sibat, a need for collaboration with other peace-keeping elements should also be institutionalized.