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70 new Caraga Region police recruits sworn in

Camp Rafael C. Rodriguez, Butuan City (18 February) -- Seventy new members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) - seven women and 63 men, had their oath taking the other day at this region's regional police headquarters after passing a series of physical, mental and medical tests.

The 70 new recruits stood in front of Police Regional Office 13 (PRO 13) Director, Chief Supt. Lino D. Calingasan and Police regional, provincial and city officials and swore to serve the community, safeguard lives and property and protect the innocent against deception and crimes.

PNP Deputy Regional Director for Administration Police Chief Supt. Nelson Nario, who witnessed the oath-taking ceremony, said a total of 363 applied for the 2nd Semester of 2009 Attrition Quota.

Of these numbers, 252 survived the Agility Test but after the Neuro-Psychiatric tests, only 90 applicants were left until it was narrowed down to only 70 who were deemed qualified for the Police Officer 1 rank.

Calingasan emphasized in his message that the Regional Police Screening Committee has complied with a strict recruitment process without biases and political colors.

After the oath-taking ceremony, the 70 new police recruits were immediately sent in to Lipata Training Center in Lipata, Surigao City to undergo intense six-month police training before integrating fully to the PNP force for their frontline duties.

Meanwhile, in that same occasion, at least 24 awardees received recognition during the 19th PNP Day of PRO 13 here with Police Director Andres Caro II, Directorate for Operation as the guest of honor in a ceremony held inside Camp Rafael Rodriguez, Libertad, this city.

The awarding ceremony highlighted the celebration including partner organizations and individuals who have contributed to PRO 13 in the implementation of police community activities.

Police Senior Supt. Nestor Fajura, chief of operation and plans division of PRO 13 was awarded as "Outstanding Senior Staff", for successful implementation of the campaign of the PNP on gun amnesty program, which yielded 6,132 loose firearms, putting PRO 13 in the No. 4 rank out of 17 regions that generated the highest number of firearms.

Senior Supt. Antonio Paguirigan Jr. is the "Outstanding Senior Field Police Commissioned Officer" (PCO), for the proper handling of kidnapping incident in Maitum, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur with 75 people being kept hostage but were released unharmed late last year.

Supt. Joseph Boquiren-Outstanding Junior (PCO), was commended for initiating the "Luma Mo, Bago Ko" Balik Eskwela Program replicated by all police stations under the jurisdiction of Butuan City Police Office.

Other awardees include: SPO4 Federico Kinazo, Outstanding Senior Police Non Commissioned Officer (PNCO), PO3 Roldan Damayo, Outstanding Junior PNCO and Gil Licayan as the Outstanding Non-Uniformed Personnel.

On the other hand, Agusan del Sur Police Provincial Office was chosen as the "Best Provincial Police Office"; Surigao City Police Station as "Best Urban Police Office"; Nasipit Municipal Police Station as "Best Rural Police Office"; 133rd Regional Public Safety Management Company as "Best Regional Maneuver Company"; Surigao del Sur Police Provincial Safety Management Company as "Best provincial Maneuver Company"; and Butuan City Police Safety Management Company as the "Best City Maneuver Company".

Also, PRO 13 presented a special award to SPO2 Marifel Cortez for being chosen as one of the "Ten Outstanding Policewoman" of the Philippines and to San Francisco Police Station, adjudged as the "Model Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team". (muc/PIA-Caraga)

PGMA orders AFP, PNP to secure government dev't projects in Surigao, Davao

Lingig, Surigao del Sur (18 February) -- President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on Tuesday ordered field unit commanders of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP) to secure workers currently doing ground works on the remaining road construction projects along the provincial boundary of Lingig, Surigao del Sur in the Caraga region and Boston, Davao Oriental in Southern Mindanao Region.

The Chief Executive, who made a drive-thru along with newsmen at the remaining unpaved 15-kilometers Lingig-Boston Section, also directed government field unit commanders to secure all equipments used in the road construction from any harassment posed by lawless elements.

The target completion of the on-going ground works of the Lingig-Boston section will be in June, the time Mrs. Arroyo finish her term of office. This road project will connect the two regions in Mindanao Regions XI and XIII.

Several other peace and development infrastructures are ongoing in the border of Davao Oriental, particularly in Boston and Lingig towns where a huge road project is taking shape.

When completed, the project will hasten travel time of Surigao del Sur and Davao Oriental businessmen and farmers, particularly the Mandaya tribes.

Capt. Emmanuel R. Garcia, chief of Public Affairs Office (PAO) of the Army's 10th Infantry (Agila) Division, noted the alleged terroristic and extortion activities of the communist-New People's Army (NPA) in the area.

Capt. Garcia said two construction companies that are both at the forefront of the road construction projects that would connect Davao Oriental to Surigao Del Sur, were victims of such activities.

Troops from the AFP were compelled to secure different construction projects in the countryside due to prevalent threats from local terrorists, said Garcia.

In December of 2009, the same band of local terrorists attacked a construction site and attempted to burn the construction equipment in Boston town, where 55-year-old Rosalinda Clata and two government troops were killed, and two others wounded, who defended the road project, he said.

Also last year, local terrorists conducted a bomb attack against soldiers securing another peace and development project in the village of Puntalinao in Banaybanay town, also in Davao Oriental. This is after they burned three powerline towers which brought widespread brownout in the said province, he said. (muc/PIA-Caraga) [top]

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