The council is chaired by Mayor Meynardo M. Bautista, Jr. with Vice Mayor Ari Lucas B. Bautista as the vice chairperson. Members are Vhan Rojas for the youth sector, Rev. Fr. Leonard A Tubaña for the religious sector, Merwida L Bautista for the business sector, Michael Hall for the Indigenous Peoples, Abra Government Information Center for the media sector, San Juan Central School for the academe, Sangguniang Bayan Members, the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office and the Municipal Local Government Operations Office.
The members of the council took their oath before Assistant Chief of the Regional Police Strategy Management Unit Police, Lieutenant Colonel Fernando Botangen last January 17.
Mayor Bautista urged the active participation of the punong barangays to the council to facilitate a more open communication network in all the barangays of the municipality.
As shared during the joint meeting with the Regional Advisory Council (RAC) of Cordillera and the Provincial Advisory Council (PAC) of Abra, one of the best practices of MAC is the BISTADO (Bawat Isa, Sugpuin at Tuldokan ang Droga) project of the Municipal Police Station.
PLt Danny K. Antonio, San Juan MPS chief, explained that BISTADO project is a proactive and a preventive approach that offers professional health intervention among drugs users with the support of the community. It complements the existing strategies of the Philippine National Police and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency with the LGU especially with the barangays who play a major role in the campaign against illegal drugs.
The council also highlighted the “tongtongan” practice of the police personnel which is a conflict mediation approach where the contending parties are brought together for amicable settlement on their issues and concerns. Antonio said this peacekeeping strategy is effective in deescalating conflicts to maintain peace and order in the barangays.
Meanwhile, PAC chairperson Carmelita Bersalona reiterated the need to address the issues on mental health of the youth of Abra in which the members must work hand in hand for mental health awareness advocacy.
RAC Vice Chairperson Eduardo Meneses lauded the advisory councils of Abra and San Juan for their activeness in working closely with PNP in their areas. He suggested the councils to communicate their activities and practices to the citizens by partnering with their members from the media sector to disseminate information in all media platforms. (JDP/CAGT – PIA CAR, Abra)
By Christian Allister G. Tubadeza