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PIA Press Release
Friday, January 13, 2012


Police, multi-sector reps sign agreement on peace and order

by Noel B. Najarro

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 13 (PIA) -- Police officials and representatives of various sectors the signed a “Covenant of Agreement” relating to peace and order problems in the community.

Community problems such as theft and robbery, minors addicted to solvents, security on the part of the business sector, traffic concerns and the illegal drugs were tackled during a multi-sectoral anti-criminality forum last Thursday at Brgy. Obrero Learning Center, Brgy. Obrero, Butuan City.

The activity aimed to forge a unified support to the programs of the government and the city police in achieving peace and order and prevent criminality in the area

A dialogue was held between representatives of various sectors and the police and other officials to address these problems..

Butuan City Police Office led by its officer-in-charge chief PSupt. Pedro U. Obaldo, Jr.

In his message, Chief PSupt. Pedro U. Obaldo, Jr. said that peace and order problem is everybody’s concern. He said that minors addicted to solvents were mostly famished and thus resorts to the sniffing substances to in order to alleviate hunger pangs

He said that the police has done its task of getting them off the streets and talking to them, and even to the extent of feeding them before referring them to the concerned government agencies as they can not detain because of an existing law. Some few days after their referral, the same minors were again seen roaming back the streets for lack of caring facilities.

The solution to the problem of these solvent-addicted minors calls for the unified efforts, cooperation and concern not only of the police but also of the homes (families and relatives), the church, the concerned government agencies, the private sectors and even of the community, he said.

So with the other concerns of security, drugs and criminality, he said.

The police crime preventive and preemptive measures such as beat visibility patrols, checkpoints, overt and covert operations and action teams cannot be effective unless the community will also do their share of reporting any unusual incidents, activity or suspicious personalities in their respective areas.

The director promised to take action on any reports coming from the community. He said he will not hesitate to take action to any concerns brought before his attention and will not tolerate any inaction. Police officials, he said, may also be replaced if proven that they cannot be trusted by the community.

“I need your support and your cooperation. Let’s talk and be a friend to your police…” Obaldo said. (PIA Caraga)

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