Lingayen- - - Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. and PS/Supt. Percival Barba led the turnover of some 12 police patrol cars on January 26, at the PNP Provincial Headquarters.
The distribution of the new patrol vehicles is in line with the government’s thrust to improve the capability of field units under the nationwide PNP Integrated Transformation Program to provide brand new patrol cars for every police station across the country.
The recipients of the twelve new police cars are the town stations of Natividad, Mabini, Sta. Maria, Urbiztondo, Tayug, Burgos, Sta. Barbara, Rosales, Manaoag, Anda, Infanta and Dasol.
With this, the governor stressed that the turnover complements the province’s integrated approach to peace and order along with the massive distribution of shotguns to the various barangays of Pangasinan which was launched last year.
Furthermore, he said that peace and order ranks number one among his priority thrusts stressing that his general concept on peace is to see every Pangasinense parent having peace of mind even if their children are still out at night.
As part of the integrated peace and order thrust of the province, the provincial government is set to provide two-way radio communication gadgets to all 1,333 barangays of Pangasinan this year.
The availability of transportation and communication in the barangays, he continued, “are two important factors to safeguard the community with the PNP having 24-hour operations as the nerve center.”
As the chairman of the Regional Peace and Order Council, Governor Espino envisions to undertake a bigger role specifically to integrate efforts of all leaders, police enforcers and military personnel not only for Pangasinan but for the entire Region I to ensure a region-wide peace and security of the Ilocanos and the Pangasinenses.
The strict implementation of the peace and order program in Pangasinan led to a drastic drop of crime index for 2008, notably on cattle-rustling. “This can be attributed to the shotgun program and the implementation of a “buddy System” between the PNP and the Barangay Chairmen,” Col. Barba said.
The integrated community-based approach to maintain peace and order as deterrence to crime and generated instantaneous response to lawlessness is a pet project of the governor.
Training of police officers region-wide and Moral Recovery Program are likewise being conducted to further enhance their law enforcement capabilities and strengthen their values. (PIO/Ruby R. Bernardino)