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PIA Press Release
2007/09/21

Oro pushes for effective peace and order scheme

Cagayan de Oro City (21 September) -- CITY Mayor Constantino G. Jaraula pushed for the strengthening of the local public safety and security system, in an effort to sustain the Cagayan de Oro's position as a preferred investment and tourism destination in the country.

In a security briefing with key officials of the 4th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army and the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (COCPO), Mayor Jaraula enjoined the police and military to strengthen their capacity to protect the city against acts of criminality and terrorism.

During the security briefing held Tuesday, September 18, officials of the 4th Infantry Division, 10th Forward Service Support Unit, and the 5LAB units of the Philippine Army in Camp Evangelista and the Tactical Operations Group-10 of the Philippine Air Force in Lumbia told Mayor Jaraula of the present strength and assets of their respective units.

Mayor Jaraula said that it is important for the city government to have a first-hand knowledge on the capacity and readiness of the police and military in protecting the people in case a situation arises.

One of the recommendations pushed by Mayor Jaraula during the security briefing is the presence of amphibious units on top of the existing assets of the Philippine Army to make them more capable of ensuring the safety of the people here.

"It's best for us to have that unit even if we don't need it most of the time because we need to have an effective operational scheme here," Mayor Jaraula pointed out.

Military and police officials in the city have assured Mayor Jaraula and the local businessmen who attended the security briefing that Cagayan de Oro is generally peaceful.

Meanwhile, officials of the 4th ID of the Philippine Army sought the support of Mayor Jaraula for the establishment of a theme park at the Camp Evangelista, which will display non-functional armor vehicles, helicopters and artillery and the revival of a museum within the camp, which is no longer operational.

Maj. Henry Sagun, 4th ID spokesperson, said that the theme park and museum will surely boost the city's image as a tourism destination as it will be opened to the public for family picnics and educational tours.

Mayor Jaraula reiterated that foremost in the city's development efforts is the strengthening of the city's peace and order program as a precursor to economic development.

The city chief executive explained that 50 percent of the factors considered by investors in putting up an investment in an area is a stable peace and order condition.

"If we can sustain our image as the most peaceful city in the island, more investors will be lured to do business here and it would mean more jobs for our people and thus, an improved living condition for the Cagayanons," Mayor Jaraula said. (Cagayan de Oro City IO/PIA-MisOrOccCam i-Net) [top]

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