Police community precinct now in Guihulngan City


Rev. Fr. Hubert Dela Cerna (2nd from left) officiates the blessing of the Police Community Precinct (PCP) in Brgy. Buenavista, Guihulngan City on Sept. 28, 2019. Behind him is PNP-7 Regional Director BGEN. Debold Sinas. (PIA7-NegOr)


GUIHULNGAN CITY, Negros Oriental, Sept. 30 (PIA) — Another Police Community Precinct (PCP) has been established in Brgy. Buenavista here in response to the residents’ call for heightened security.

Philippine National Police (PNP-7) Regional Director Brigadaire General Debold Sinas led the opening and inauguration of PCP in Brgy. Buenavista on Sept. 28, 2019 along with Acting Provincial Police Director PCOL. Rizalito Gapas.

Rev. Fr. Hubert Dela Cerna officiated the blessing of the building.

Philippine Army 302nd Infantry Brigade Executive Officer LTC. Rommil Abayon and 94th Infantry Battalion Commander LTC. Randy Pagunuran witnessed the blessing and launching of the PCP and extended their support to the regional police office.

This is the second PCP in Guihulngan City.

The first one was installed in Brgy. Trinidad, a hinterland barangay in this city.

“Kini pwede pod ni tawagon ug sub-station. Ang function karon sa sub-station nato dire: naay blotter, naay investigation, naa pod sariling patrolya. It is backed-up by one platoon of mobile force nato na i-posisyon ron para di po sila basta-basta ma-harass (This can be also considered as sub-station. The sub-station can facilitate blotter and police investigation, and it will also have its own patrol. It is backed up by one platoon of our mobile force to protect them from any form of harassment),” Sinas told some members of the media in an interview.

The PCP will also be in charge for the community relations while the mobile force will conduct police patrol in the village and its neighboring communities.

Sinas recalled past incidents of atrocities involving alleged members of the rebel group New People’s Army (NPA) in Brgy. Buenavista including the death of its late Punong Barangay Romeo Alipan which led to the establishment of a community precinct in their village.

The police chief also noted that majority of the residents in Buenavista are in favor of putting up a police sub-station in their area for security.

In line with this, Sinas extended a hand for cooperation and partnership between the PNP and the local community in maintaining peace and order in their village and neighboring areas.

“Ang among hangyo sa inyo kamong tagadire is tabangan ninyo ang pulis. Kung nahibaw-an ninyo na naa diha duol sa inyong lugar naay madulog diha na armado inyong  i-report. Kung naa moy igsoon, naay moy ig-agaw, naa moy paryente nga miapil sa NPA na gusto nang mo-surrender kay gikapoy na inyong imbitahon. Paanihon dire para amo silang matabangan ug i-process (Please cooperate with your policemen. If you receive an info on NPA presence nearby report it to them. If you have brothers, cousins, or relatives who joined the NPA and they want to surrender bring them here so that our police officers can help them),” Sinas said when he addressed residents of Brgy. Buenavista.

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Sinas also envisions that the sub-station will remain permanent.

He called on the local leaders to create an ordinance or resolution that would guarantee the permanence of PCP.

“Ang prinsipiyo sa presinto or sub-station dili na basta-basta matangtang lalo na pag mahimuan na ug ordinance. Pagka-police detachment, army detachment, and patrol base any time pwede na i-recall. Ang sub-station kapag covered by ordinance di na basta-basta matangtang. It will remain here (The principle here is that a sub-station cannot be removed easily if there is an ordinance. For instance, police detachment, army detachment or patrol base can be recalled anytime. If a sub-station is covered by an ordinance it will remain here),” Sinas explained.

Buenavista Punong Barangay Panfilo Dumabok said they are happy to provide the structure to host the PCP albeit temporary until such time they will find a lot suitable for the construction of a permanent PCP.

Meanwhile, Department of Education (Deped) Division of Guihulngan City Officer Dr. Vivian Tam lauded this move, citing that teachers serving in the said barangay will feel more secure with the presence of police force in their area.

Dili na mahadlok ang mga mangtutudlo sa ilang safety sa barangay Buenavista kay dia na ang ilang pagproteher. Naghinaot ka na inyo silang suportahan (Our teachers will no longer have to fear their safety because law enforcers are here. I hope you will continue to support them),” Tam said.

The launching of the PCP in Buenavista coincided with a conduct of a medical mission by PNP-7 and the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO).

Based on the report of PNP-7, medical officers of PNP and IPHO were able to extend medical and dental services to more than 2,000 individuals.

Aside from the medical mission, PNP also conducted a dialogue with residents of the barangay together with other agencies like the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), and the City Government Guihulngan as part of their information dissemination on important government thrusts such as anti-illegal drug campaign.

The dialogue also tackled issues related to insurgency such as those affecting agrarian reform. (ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental)

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