PRESIDENT ARROYO  CONVENES  NACTAF's  INITIAL  MEETING

MANILA
, October 11, 2005
(OFFICE OF THE PRESS SECRETARY, MALACANANG) President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo today convened the first coordination meeting of the newly formed National Anti-Crime Task Force (NACTAF), a special multi-agency law enforcement group to function under the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission (PAOCC).

The meeting took up coordination systems between and among the agencies engaged in the fight against criminality to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of governmentís peace and order initiatives

PAOCC is chaired by the President with the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary as vice chairman. Its members include the National Security Adviser and the Secretaries of Justice (DOJ), Transportation and Communications (DOTC), National Defense (DND) and Foreign Affairs (DFA).

President Arroyo said she would appoint four representatives from the private sector as members of the commission.

Created under Executive Order 463 dated September 23, 2005, NACTAF is headed by Interior and Local Government Secretary and PAOCC vice chair, Angelo Reyes who will be assisted by a Deputy NACTAF head and an executive director.

NACTAFís operatives will come from various law enforcement agencies who will function as composite teams.

Reyes said NACTAF was created to lead the fight and complement the efforts of other law enforcement agencies in the war against heinous and high profile crimes.

"The new trend in criminality demands more proactive measures rather than reactive policing to satisfy the needs and wants of the people...To fight organized crime groups whose operations are mostly global in origin but local in application, a united front is needed to ensure a coordinative, collaborative and united action against these lawless elements," DILG Secretary Reyes reported to the President.

This Task Force, he added, will serve as the operating arm of the PAOCC and will function under the Office of the President for "better and smoother coordination among the participating law enforcement agencies," Reyes explained.

Also in attendance during the initial NACTAF meeting at the Aguinaldo State Dining Room in Malacanang were Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Gen. Generoso Senga, Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Arturo Lomibao, Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez and other ranking PNP officials.


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