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Police river marshalls activated in Pangasinan

Lingayen, Pangasinan (24 September) -- The Pangasinan Police Provincial Office has activated Police river marshalls in response to the call of Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. to the provincial police force to get involved in the on-going provincewide river clean-up operations.

The marching order for the river marshalls was issued during the "Environmental Advocacy Program for COPS (Chiefs of Police)" meeting at the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) headquarters here Thursday.

Codenamed "Oplan River Marshalls," the operation involves the posting of trained PNP personnel 24 hours daily in strategic areas to support the massive river clean-up drive of Task Force Kalikasan.

Espino expressed gratitude to the entire provincial police force for its support to the provincial government's environmental advocacy program. He urged the police officers and personnel to carry out their mission in the best way they can to help save and protect Mother Earth from predatory attacks.

"Rivers, like all other natural resources, should be for the enjoyment and benefit of everyone, and not to an unscrupulous few who have capital to put up illegal fishing structures," the governor said in his message read by PDRRMC Executive Director Paterno Orduņa.

PSSupt. Rosueto Ricaforte, police provincial director said the activation of ?Oplan River Marshalls' is the "PNP's gift to the Governor, whose environmental crusade had made Pangasinenses see the beauty of the rivers again."

Orduņa made a presentation on the status and progress of the on-going river clean-up to the chiefs of police. He also briefed them on the various programs and projects that the Espino leadership has undertaken in its environmental advocacy campaign.

"Unless we act now, the future generations will suffer the most. So let's get our acts together to show our love for our children, our grandchildren and the next generations," Orduņa said. (PIO/PIA Pangasinan/dos) [top]

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