Issue of November 10, 2019
Mt. Province
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Stakeholders give good rating to Benguet police
by Jane B. Cadalig

If the yardstick is the assessment of stakeholders who were initially asked to evaluate their local police, the efforts of police offices of Benguet in attaining the vision of the Philippine National Police’s transformation agenda have paid off.

Communities in Bakun, Kapangan, Kibungan, and Sablan gave positive feedbacks and lauded the efforts exerted by their respective municipal police stations (MPS) in achieving the objectives of the PNP Patrol Plan 2030, a program that aims to transform the institution into a “highly capable, effective, and credible police service” through a partnership with stakeholders “towards the attainment of a safer place to live, work and do business in.”

For Bakun resident Jerry Cadangen, the enhanced visibility of police officers has changed the impression about the roles of men in uniform in the communities.

“Before, when we see police officers, we were afraid because it meant somebody is at fault. But now, their presence makes us feel that we are safe and secured and has made them closer to the people,” he told members of the Benguet Provincial Police Strategy Management Unit Technical Working Group (PPSMU-TWG).

Cadangen said the police patrols have been effective in preventing the youth “from roaming at night,” although he requested for an enhanced foot patrols to further discourage the youth from wandering outside their homes at night time.

The PPSMU, under Lt/Col. Gemma V. Braganza, is doing their rounds in the various police stations in Benguet to gauge the communities’ assessment of their local police force as a way of validating the reports they are submitting to the provincial headquarters.

Bakun Councilor Delfin Kilip said the local government unit is grateful for the efforts of the police in maintaining peace and order in the town.

“We appreciate their services and their efforts in ensuring peace and order in our place. They are doing their best, especially in reaching out to our far-flung barangays. This is why we always support the programs of the PNP because we know that through our partnership with them, peace and order will reign in Bakun,” Kilip said.

These sentiments were shared by stakeholders in Kapangan, Kibungan, and Sablan where the Benguet Provincial Police Office PPSMU-TWG, under Braganza, has so far visited.

PPSMU Deputy Chief, Cpt. Rod Serran, said the Kapangan, Kibungan, and Sablan MPS also got the same positive feedback from their stakeholders.

“The feedback of the community is good. They appreciate the regular patrolling by our personnel,” he said.

One request that was common for the police stations, however, was for the personnel to hold more “foot” than “mobile” patrolling and to enhance visibility in the community police assistance centers (Compacs), such as those in Balakbak, Kapangan and in Banangan and Palali in Sablan.

Serran said they have relayed this feedback to the concerned chiefs of police and they were receptive of the suggestions.

“They need to make their community engagement more ‘personal,’ which could be achieved through foot, instead of patrolling on their mobiles. We also directed them to increase police visibility in the Compacs to facilitate police response,” Serran said.

The PPSMU-TWG will visit the other police stations and the Provincial Mobile Force Company in various dates this month.

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