PROCor to field police forces to Mindanao
CAMP DANGWA, Benguet — The Cordillera police is willing to field its mobile force to Mindanao if the need arises, Police Regional Office Cordillera (PROCor) Chief Supt. Eugene Martin said.
“We only need the go signal from the President and we are going to dispatch our team,” Martin said in an interview with the media. He said that the relative peace in the Cordillera can allow for the dispatch of his men to the conflict-ridden Mindanao particularly in the Lanao provinces.
Martin said that they are losing their focus of containing insurgency in Cordillera.
“Our role is to maintain peace and order with focus on the insurgency particularly in Kalinga, Mountain Province and Abra. Fortunately, we have the Philippine Army in these areas,” he said.
He also said that they are keeping watch over the Maranao traders in Baguio and other urban areas in the region.
“We have a good relationship with the Muslim community in the region. We have to secure the situation so that there would be no spillover of the conflict in the region,” Martin said.
“We have close coordination with the Muslim leaders. We have to pledge their assurance that they would keep the peace,” he said. # Mau Victa
Gov bats for irrigation fees from lowland regions to rehab Cordi watersheds
TABUK CITY, Kalinga — There is a need for a more efficient collection of fees from lowland regions like Regions 1 and 2 that utilize water from the Cordillera region to irrigate their farm lands.
Presenting his concern before members of the Regional Development Council here last week, Ifugao Governor Teddy Baguilat raised the need for more funds to rehabilitate the Cordillera watershed areas, as funds coming from the national sources are not enough to finance on-going rehabilitation projects.
If we can establish systems of generating income, through fees from our watershed resource, people living in these places would see it as potential source of living, Baguilat stressed.
Baguilat mentioned that Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap himself admitted the need to protect Cordillera watersheds as people in the lowlands, are the “end-users” of water coming from it.
Baguilat underlined this concern as among the major agenda in the forthcoming inter-regional water summit for Northern Luzon later this year. # L.Lopez/ PIA Kalinga