The Provincial Peace and Order Council of Negros Occidental allocated and approved P3 million for the surrendered high-powered firearms of the New People’s Army, and for rewards to the informants.
This is on top of the P50 million Peace and Order budget for 2018, earlier approved by the PPOC and concurred in by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Negros Occidental, its action officer, Maria Lina Sanogal, said.
Sanogal said the P3 million was earmarked for the reward program of PPOC for NPA surrendererers who may turnover high-powered firearms, and for the informants.
PPOC will, however, seek the opinion of the Commission of Audit on the reward program.
The P3 million allocation was approved by the PPOC 1st quarter meeting held at the Social Hall of the Provincial Capitol in Bacolod City, last week.
Of the P50 million also approved by PPOC and SP of Negros Occidental two months ago, P15 million has been earmarked for intelligence data gathering, with the bulk of the budget allocated to various peace and order programs and projects of the province.
Late last year, two informants received P200,000 for the arrest of two top officials of the CPP-NPA in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental.*GPB
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