The Presidential Assistant for the Visayas cited the impact of the purok power movement as a key force multiplier in the war on drugs and terrorism, a way to keep the peace and order in Bohol.
Sec. Michael Dino said the purok power movement should be studied and adopted by other provinces in the Visayas if not the country as a potent mechanism to involve the community in the fight against crime, drugs and terror.
In his speech read by Asst. Sec. Jonji Gonzales during the regional launch of the National Crime Prevention Week at the Bohol Cultural Center on Thursday, Dino said the purok power has been proven to be effective in keeping the peace and order.
He cited how the community effectively helped the security forces in dealing with the incursion of the Abu Sayyaf Group terrorists back in April.
Gov. Edgar Chatto said the involvement of the purok members will always come up with positive results in reforms for the continued development of the community.
Aside from being a mechanism in peace and order, the purok power movement is an apparatus to help the poorest of the poor, food security, health, environmental protection, disaster risk reduction and children’s welfare.
Dino was unable to make the trip to Bohol due to pressing matters, said Gonzales. Dino was called a day before by Malacanang to discuss certain matters in relation to the Yolanda relief effort. Recently, Dino was named co-chair of the Yolanda relief effort.
The National Crime Prevention Week is an activity spearheaded by the National Police Commission in Central Visayas.
Dino in his read speech, cited the decline of the crimes recorded in the Visayas as proof of the combined efforts of the citizenry and the security forces.