The towns of Asingan, San Manuel, Sta. Maria and Rosales were the last batch of recipients to complete the shotgun distribution of the provincial government in the 6th district of Pangasinan held at PNP Camp Narciso Rueca Ramos, Tayug last September 10.
Despite the stormy weather, the barangay captains were in their jolly self as they were undergoing the usual Pump Shotgun Markmanship and Familiarization Training.
The barangay chairpersons particularly women although a little nervous, bravely and without hesitation took turns in firing their shotgun during the actual firing test to avail of the firearms which, according to them, was a long awaited desire.
Her first time to hold and fire a gun, Barangay Captain Emelita Bergantiños, of San Angel, Rosales said that shotguns given to them are better than the traditional “batuta” which in no way can fight criminal elements using deadly weapons.
During the activity, some barangay captains granted interviews and expressed their gratitude and unwavering support to the governor for all his worthy projects specifically in maintaining peace and order because “ it is a vital component for development and progress.”
Likewise, the barangay captains lauded the shotgun distribution program of the provincial government and are already looking forward to the distribution of radios by the province which is also a big help in fighting and eradicating criminality through fast communication.
‘Ito ay isang napakagandang programa ng ating mahal na gobernador. Ang pagbibigay ng shotgun ay napakalaking tulong para sa amin upang mapanatiling mapayapa ang aming barangay. Ang mga nagnanais na manggulo ngayon ay magdadalawang isip dahil alam nilang may sandata na kami na panglaban sa kanila’, Gem Salvador Sapigao, Asingan ABC President disclosed.
His statements were supported by Barangay Captains Danilo Sabater, ABC San Manuel; Romulo Tagalicud, barangay Captain of San Pedro, Rosales; Noel Agpawa, Barangay Captain of San Patricio, Sta. Maria and Jasmin Gamboa, Barangay Captain of Carmen East, Rosales.
Asked what crimes are usually committed in their barangays, they have one common answers like cattle rustling, stealing of laptop and farm machineries, ‘akyat bahay’ and even dog napping to name a few.
Acting Vice Governor Tyrone Agabas who was also present said that the shotgun distribution is a realization of the governor’s dream to provide the barangay captains with firearms to help attain peace and order in the province.
Chairpersons for the second to fifth districts have already received their respective shotguns.According to BM Amadeo Espino, the distribution of shotgun in the first district is scheduled sometime next week. (PIO/Chona C. Bugayong)