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Benguet - “Secretariat plays integral role in every movement of an organization, it is like the human’s arm and feet, without it, the body won’t be able to move”. That was part of the opening speech provided by the DILG Program Manager Rene Vincent I. Ballug during the first day of the Three-days activity.

Participants from Provincial levels of DILG and PNP including designated personnel from various departments of the Provincial LGU convened for this three-day activity aimed to strengthen the link and working relationship between members of both secretariat since meetings and most activities of both councils are agreed to be done jointly.

The first and second day was consumed for presentation of roles and functions of both council’s secretariat highlighting on the Secretariats ; (1) Roles and Responsibilities as Secretariat, (2) Special Action Committee, (3) Peace and Order Public Safety (POPS)-Planning, and (4) updating of POPS-Policy Compliance Monitoring System (PCMS). The venue was also utilized by the DILG to appraise the members of the result of the recently conducted PADAC and POC Audit.

After series of lectures, open forum, and sharing, the Second day ended with the crafting of Secretariat action plan. The action plan contains individual roles and responsibility before, during and after the meetings, likewise with other activities related thereto.

On the third day, the group was able to have an audience with the newly created Enhanced Comprehensive Integration Program (E-CLIP) Committee of the province, this was due to the proposal (and later approved) to make the same group as the Secretariat of the Committee. To be familiarized with current situation and have a clear view of how this committee works, the group stayed with the ECLIP Committee as they conducted their first orientation with representatives from PNP, AFP , and DILG as resource person.

The activity was conducted on March 4-6, 2020 at Inglay Restaurant, km6, La Trinidad, Benguet, and was made possible by the joint effort of DILG-Benguet and Governor Melchor D. Diclas’ Office.