9 Pangasinan town stations remain "squatters"
By Danny O Sagun
Dagupan City (3 February) -- Nine police stations in Pangasinan are still "squatters" as they are still housed in municipal halls or buildings, according to the provincial police director.
Sr. Supt. Percival Barba said that of the nine stations, five badly need lots. The other four have their respective lots already but funding for the construction of buildings is still being worked out, he said.
Barba told the Pantongtongan Tayo radio program of the Philippine Information Agency over Radyo ng Bayan-DZMQ this morning that the PNP badly needs the help of the concerned local government units or landowners for the acquisition of lots. "Kung sino mang nakikinig ngayon na magkakaloob sa PNP ng kanilang lote para pagpatayuan ng police station, kami poy natutuwa't nagagalak," he said.
The police stations that do not have lots yet are Basista, Urbiztondo, Binalonan, Pozorrubio and Sto. Tomas, he said.
Meanwhile, construction of the new and modern building for the Dagupan city police station may soon start with the endorsement by the provincial police office of the modified foundation plan of the building from a two-storey to three-storey, he said.
Dagupan police chief Supt. Mariano Luis Versoza earlier stressed the importance of modifying the plan since any expansion would have to be upward because of limited space. The station, if completed, is nearer the City hall than the present one which is located at the old Perez market site, about a kilometer away.
Barba said the construction of new police buildings is one of the components of the capability enhancement program of the national police. The others include the policy on assigning police personnel to stations where their respective families live. The "Ilipat sa Pamilya" program is now implemented almost 90 percent, he disclosed.
On the old practice of dumping erring personnel to far-flung areas as sort of penalty, he said it is no longer practiced now. "Meron tayong mga alituntunin para doon sa may mga nalabag na batas," he said. (PIA Pangasinan) [top]