The city government of Baguio was rated 90.86 percent in the 2018 Peace and Order Council (POC) Performance Audit earning a first level ranking together seven other local government units in the Cordillera Administrative Region.
The result of the POC performance audit conducted by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) regional office was transmitted to the City Mayor Mauricio Domogan Thursday, June 6 with the corresponding reasons for the compliance rate.
Based on the DILG report, the city was able to perfect its score in four out of five pillars particularly on the presence of all required documents related to peace and order as well as the presence of good practice on Integrated Participatory Community Building Program (IPCBP) for Persons with Substance Disorder (PSUD).
The performance audit team gave bearing to the city’s effort in establishing its program on PSUD as best practice of the City Human Rights Justice Peace and Order Council (CHRJPOC).
Baguio only feel short of percentage point on Pillar 4 having 30.86 percent rating out of 40 due to the late submission of POC reporting forms for the first and second quarter of 2018 including the late submission of the POC Secretariat 2018 Annual Report.
Also garnering an outstanding POC performance includes the 5th class-component City of Tabuk in Kalinga with 82 percent final score while Ifugao Province had a final score of 87.43 percent.
In the municipalities’ category, both the 2nd class towns of Bontoc and Paracelis in Mountain Province were able to get a final score of 93.14 percent. The same score was given to the 4rth class municipalities of Bauko and Tadian as well as the 5th class town of Barlig all in Mountain Province.
LGUs with outstanding final score will be eligible for the Most Outstanding Peace and Order Award after passing a rigorous validation phase by the DILG central office.
Other municipal LGUs in the region were able to pass the POC performance audit except for 16 towns that were given a failing mark due to lack of good practice to comply with Pillar 5 checklist.
The LGUs that failed the peace and order audit include Mankayan and Tublay in Benguet; as well as the Abra municipalities of Boliney, Bucloc, Daguioman, Lacub, Lagangilang, Lagayan, Licuan-Baay, Malibcong, Manabo, Peñarrubia, Pidigan, Sallapadan, San Quintin and Tayum.
By Jessa Mardy P. Samidan