(L-R) P/Col. Dionisio Bartolome, director of the Palawan Provincial Police Office (PPPO); Commo. Allan Corpuz, commander of Coast Guard District Palawan (CGDP); Brig. Gen. Nestor Herico, commander of 3rd Marine Brigade and co-chair of the PLEDS Cluster; P/Col. Marlon Balonglong, director of the Puerto Princesa City Police Office (PPCPO), and SI III Roger Sususco, representative of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI). All of them signed the recalibrated action plan on May 21, 2020. (Photo courtesy of 3MBde)

The Peace, Law Enforcement and Development Support (PLEDS) Cluster in Palawan has recalibrated its action plan to harmonize efforts of member agencies towards achieving goals against the Kilusang Larangang Guerilla (KLG) of the New People’s Army (NPA) operating locally.

The PLEDS Cluster of the Provincial Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (PTF ELCAC) is tasked to synchronize all convergence operation programs among various law enforcement agencies on anti-criminality, maritime security, legal offensive, intelligence activities, public relations, and other related efforts.

The event took place on May 21 at the 3rd Marine Brigade (3MBde) headquarters at Marine Base Rodolfo Punsalang in Barangay Tiniguiban.

3MBde commander Brig. Gen. Nestor Herico, the co-chair of PLEDS, said the recalibration activity centered on discussing the specific roles and capabilities of the Coast Guard District Palawan (CGDP), Palawan Provincial Police Office (PPPO), Puerto Princesa City Police Office (PPCPO), and the provincial office of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

“Halimbawa, sa NBI kailangan pag-usapan yong paano ang role nila sa legal offensive at intelligence build up dahil expertise din nila ito. Si NBI magaling sila dito kaya dapat mas lalo pa silang mag-take ng lead sa effort,” Herico said.

“Kay city, kahit wala namang high-value target (HVT) dito sa Puerto Princesa, hindi ibig sabihin wala na silang role. May supportive effort pa rin siya sa PLEDS kasi pagdating sa information dissemination ng NPA, nakakarating sa city yon,” he added.

In calling the meeting, Herico stressed the need for understanding of the actions of all agencies composing the PLEDS so differences and commonalities can be leveled off to come up with one solid strategy or course of action.

Doing this, he claimed, would ensure the attainment of the goals of Executive Order No. 70 against the NPA’s KLG.

“Kailangan nagkakaunawaan tayo sa mga ikinikilos natin at sa mga capabilities na kayang gawin ng partners natin kasi mas napapadali at napapagaan natin ang trabaho ng bawat isa. Hindi lang yun, ung maliliit na effort ng bawat isa sa atin ay malaki ang maiaambag sa pag-accomplish natin ng mission natin, which is to dismantle KLG in Palawan,” he said.

Herico said that unlike the other clusters of the PTF ELCAC, PLEDS is tasked to square up to existing threats and security challenges in Palawan. Therefore, it is vital that all PLEDS-involved government agencies discuss again concrete plans and timelines to know if they are still relevant, particularly now that Palawan is also affected by the coronavirus disease pandemic.

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