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NCRPO Gears Up for SAFE 2016
As the election campaign period for the national candidates kicked off, NCRPO Chief, PDIR Joel D Pagdilao directed all District Directors and Station Commanders to double checkpoint operations metro wide, the checkpoints, day and night time was set up since January 10, 2016 under the supervision of the Commission on Election (COMELEC) for the implementation of Omnibus Election Code, the gun ban, intensifying the prevention of election-related incidents for a Secure and Fair Elections (SAFE) 2016.
Pagdilao reiterated that during the gun ban period, only authorized personnel, like the police and armed forces, other law enforcement officials and other security government agencies are allowed to carry firearms under certain conditions. Even police officers are not allowed to carry guns unless they are in uniform and are on-duty.
He also reminded police officers manning the checkpoints to rigorously observe the guidelines set by the COMELEC which include being in full uniform and setting up checkpoints in well-lighted areas to allow motorists to read signage and see policemen on duty. “Hinihingi ng kapulisan ang kooperasyon ng ating mga mamamayan sa panahong ito upang maayos na maipatupad ang malinis at patas na halalan.” Pagdilao added.
The NCRPO to date recorded a total of 196 arrested persons and has conducted 1,700 checkpoints day and night.
Meanwhile, Pagdilao appealed to all candidates and their supporters to be considerate particularly in theircampaign venues to avoid clashes between political parties. Likewise, he assures all campaign venues will be secured in any area of preference in the Metro. He also calls on all the candidates to be in control with the activities of their supporters and advise them to adhere to the campaign guidelines set by the COMELEC. “Nakikiusap ang inyong kapulisan sa mga kandidato at sa kanilang mga kakampi na maging mahinahon sa panahon ng pangangampanya iwasan ang gumawa ng anumang bagay na pagmumulan ng hindi pagka-kaintindihan,” he added.
Five (5) selected police stations of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO): Navotas City Police Station (NPD), Mandaluyong City Police Station (PS3-EPD), Raxabago Police Station (PS1-MPD), Pateros Police Station (SPD), and Cubao Police Station (PS7-QCPD), received sets of computers, laptop, emergency kits, and other police paraphernalia from San Francisco Police Department (SFPD), California, USA.
The SFPD eleven (11) delegates headed by Lieutenant Eric Quema, the highest ranking Filipino-American police officer in SFPD, are visiting the Philippines for the annual Philippine National Police-San Francisco Police Department-Filipino-American Law Enforcement Officers Association (PNP-SFPD-FALEO) Police Exchange Training (PET) Program 2016.
PETP with the SFPD is observed yearly to enhance mutual capacity building between the PNP and the SFPD in the prevention and control crimes. With PETP, the PNP and the SFPD exchange best police practices that will further strengthen response to emerging transnational crimes. Part of the annual program is visiting police stations at the NCRPO and giving of equipment beneficial for police officers working in the field. It is also a chance for the SFPD delegates to develop and establish personal relationship with their Filipino counterparts.
“We build not just professional relationship but also good friendship with our local counterparts over the years that we have been doing the exchange training program. Relationships we build is our way toward clearly understanding what we can do to help each other in addressing crimes that transcend our borders.” Quema said.
On the other hand, the NCRPO Regional Director, PDIR Pagdilao extended his appreciation to the SFPD and assured that the NCRPO is keeping abreast with training and programs that will continuously promote the NCRPO personnel’s understanding and competence on issues locally and internationally. “We look forward to our continuous partnership in our battle against transnational crimes, and rest assured that the NCRPO will always be open to this exchange program.” Pagdilao said. ###