Municipal Advisory Group for Police Transformation and Development (MAGPTD) Implements Comprehensive Community Programs in Itogon
Under the leadership of Mayor Bernard S. Waclin and Vice Mayor Dax D. Godio as the vice chairperson, the Municipal Advisory Group (MAG) has been established in Itogon to spearhead transformative and developmental initiatives. The MAG comprises representatives from diverse sectors within the community, working collectively to guide Itogon’s progress.
At today’s MAGPTD meeting on June 15, 2023, Itogon MLGOO Julie Malig joins the group as a new member. Mayor Waclin administered Malig’s oath of office.
PSSg Alma Jane Killase provided an update on the MAG’s visitation to various schools in the municipality. During these visits, MAG members engaged in disseminating valuable information on safety tips, crime prevention, municipal ordinances, moral enhancement, and mental health awareness to students.
Acknowledging the support of business sector representative Christian Cabradilla, the MAG expressed gratitude for his contribution of medicines and vitamins that were distributed to students during the school visitations.
Furthermore, LGBT sector representative Billiase Waklin announced plans to initiate a “balik eskwela” program, which includes cleaning and repainting of schools before the commencement of the new academic year.
Atty. Gilbert Awichen of the Public Attorney’s Office recommended the inclusion of information dessimination on anti-bullying and anti-bastos laws to the students.
Highlighting the significance of school visitations, PLT Albert Dolinta Jr. emphasized that this program has led to the emergence of abuse victims who have found the courage to report such incidents to the police.
Nestor Asiong, the representative from the academe sector, reported on incidents of unruly behavior among some students, including smoking/vaping, bullying, and consuming alcohol within school premises. In response, the MAG, through the Itogon Muncipal Police Station, intends to enforce stricter compliance with the smoke-free ordinance, particularly within schools. This includes conducting unannounced searches and confiscation for prohibited items such as vaping devices, weapons, and alcoholic beverages on school grounds.
The MAG members resolved to intensify their information dissemination campaigns, with a particular focus on the welfare of students in the municipality. By working collaboratively, they aim to create a safer and more nurturing environment for the youth in Itogon.