MALOLOS CITY—Despite the recent spate of murder cases, some committed in broad day light, Bulacan Police director Senior Supt. Fernando H. Mendez Jr., yesterday declared that the peace and order situation in Bulacan is “generally peaceful”.
Mendez made the announcement during the Provincial Peace and Order Council Meeting held at the Balagtas Hall of the Hiyas ng Bulacan Convention Center here yesterday morning.
The Bulacan police director earlier made a powerpoint presentation showing the peace and order situation in Bulacan, the Bulacan Police Provincial Office’s administrative capability, accomplishments, plans and programs and assessments.
Mendez said that from 2010 the crime rate in the province has been sliding down while the accomplishments on crime prevention and neutralization of criminal syndicate and lawless elements has gone up.
A series of killing incidents, most of which happened in broad daylight, has somewhat tainted the peaceful atmosphere in the province prompting officials to convene the PPOC.
Mendez also lined up several programs that the provincial police office is currently pursuing, among of which includes Implan “PIPS” or Police Integrated Patrol System, Barangay Peacekeeping Action Teams (BPATs), One Police Supervisor per Barangay, Pa-Sine sa Barangay Laban sa Droga and Takbo sa Barangay Laban sa Krimen.
He also told the council presided by PPOC chairman Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado that the BPPO is also upagrading the capability of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) unit, conduct of criminal investigation course, personnel to be trained on search, rescue and relief operation and disaster response capability enhancement. He added that they are also planning to repair and convert old buildings at the provincial police headquarters into a multi-purpose building.
Col. Hilario Vicente C. Lagnada, battalion commander of the 56th IB of the Philippine Army on his part reported that the effort of leftist insurgents is still focused on their recovery program such as recruitment of new members, training/education of their regular members to enhance their skills and capabilities.
“Furthermore, their activities indicate a possible conduct of tactical offensives considering the fact that they have been outscored by the government troops during recent encounters. It is expected, as in the mindset of the military, that they will conduct liquidation, ambuscades, harassments or any other form of “tactical offensives” just to inflict casualties to any AFP/PNP personnel,” Lagnada said.
During the meeting, Alvarado has suggested that the PPOC meet on a quarterly basis. The governor stressed that the great province of Bulacan is not a place for criminals.
“Peace and order is very vital for growth and development. We have to put everything in order so there can be peace. Napakahalaga ng pagtutulungan ng LGUs at ng ating mga law enforcement agencies. Kailangan sustained palagi ang pangangalaga ng kaayusan at katahimikan,” Alvarado said.—EMIL G. GAMOS