Through its comprehensive community-driven initiatives, Valenzuela again ranked first in the 2018 Local Peace and Order Council Performance Audit.
The Valenzuela Peace and Order Council serves as the government’s platform for collaboration between law enforcement and the community, fighting criminality, illegal drugs, insurgency, and violence.
As a partner for peace, the city continues to be an instrument in peace-building and security, a national concern that is being promoted for the advancement of communities, the local government said in a statement.
The Department of the Interior and Local Government-National Capital Region through the Local Government Monitoring and Evaluation Division conducted the performance audit.The department assessed the performance of VPOC’s functionality, platforms, and best practices.
One of the lauded projects of the City is the Comprehensive Safety and Security Plan, where the project also won the Galing Pook Awards, a pioneering program that recognizes innovation and excellence in local governance, as one of the Top 10 Outstanding Local Governance Programs in 2018.
The project empowers volunteer organizations to help ensure public order and safety. From these efforts, Valenzuela City was also named as the second safest city in Southeast Asia with a safety index of 74.79 by Numbeo.com also in 2018.
The Marker of Distinction was awarded by RPOC-NCR Chairperson Herbert Bautista, DILG-NCR Reg. Dir. Ma. Lourdes Agustin, NCRPO Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, PDEA Reg. Dir. Joel Plaza, International Professor Francisco Lara Jr., and Mr. Hero Hernandez of the Metrobank Foundation.
Valenzuela City was represented by DILG City Director Mary Jane Nacario, City Administrator Atty. Allan Roullo Yap, and Public Information Office Head Zyan Caiña.