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      Camp Olivas, City of San Fernando, Pampanga- PRO3 Regional Director PBGEN Rhodel O Sermonia continues to pitch for a more intense community engagement to win the fight against insurgency with the grand launching of the Joint Industrial Peace and Concern Office (JIPCO)       on Wednesday at the ASEAN Convention Center, Clarkfield, Pampanga with Sec Carlito G Galvez, Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) as the Guest of Honor and Speaker together with Philippine National Police (PNP) Director Police General Archie Francisco F Gamboa and Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) Director Brigadier General Charito Plaza.

JIPCO or the Joint Industrial Peace Concerns Office is a community relations program of the PNP in partnership with the Philippine Economic Zone Authority. It is generally the first line of defense from radical labor infiltration of the labor force and the industrial zones, which is essentially in support of ELCAC.

JIPCO, with its slogan “Together, we drive the force of our country’s global competitiveness and foreign preference as an investment destination” was created for purposes of protecting both labor welfare, labor rights, and productive industry gains, without sacrificing industrial peace. It is also a law enforcement mechanism to address industrial crimes like pilferage, hijacking, and technical smuggling.

PBGEN Sermonia said that Central Luzon remains a major flashpoint for communist insurgency and in the white area operation. Your police will take advantage of the potentials of community engagement to prevent industries from being infiltrated by communist agitators and with the implementation of JIPCO in the different economic zones from Subic to Clark to Mariveles and in areas of Bulacan, Pampanga, Tarlac and Nueva Ecija where industries are prevalent and labor unions are many, the morale and welfare of the labor sector will be promoted and at the same time industries will be prevented from being infiltrated by communist agitators.

One of the highlights of the program is the Signing of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the JIPCO which will strengthen the primary partnership mechanism for TRIPARTISM -- a convergence among the government, industry/investment and workers