Feature: RMO7 finally settles under the bridge
By Minerva BC Newman
Cebu, Philippines (10 June) -- The Regional Maritime Office-7 (RMO7) in Central Visayas has finally find a place under the Marcelo Fernan bridge as it breaks ground for the construction of its headquarters and boat house at Barangay Pusok, Lapulapu City.
PCSupt Villamor Bumanlag, Director, PNP Maritime Group in his message this said, the Maritime Group is embarking on its modernization for a 'better looking and better equipped' Maritime Police.
"Maybe its time to rewrite the song May Pulis sa Ilalim ng Tulay!" Bumanlag said, the tulay is now a modern bridge, not a wooden one while the pulis sa ilalim ng tulay is a better looking, better equipped Pulis and no longer the 'sloppy' one.
He said, the PNP Maritime Group has improved its face and its operational capability. It has allotted P400-Million worth of equipment and facilities and soon will be buying some P10M worth of police fast boats that will be delivered to all Regional Maritime Offices in the country.
"This is the first RMO with an allocation of P4-Million for the construction of HQ and Boat House. This is part of the Maritime Police's modernization," Bumanlag added.
The Maritime Director also thanked the Mactan-Cebu Bridge Management Board (MCBMB) and Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia for making possible the usufruct agreement between the DPWH-7 and RMO-7 for the use of some two (2) hectares of land for its headquarters and boat house.
"This positive development is a good manifestation of partnership between MCBMB and the Maritime Group," he stressed.
He also gave his commitment to Cordova Mayor Adelino Sitoy, who was guest at the groundbreaking, to help protect its seas and its campaign against illegal fishing.
Bumanlag finally thank everyone that supported the group and committed the resources of RMO7 to help maintain peace and order; protect the maritime environment and align with the goals of the region.
"Let this Boat House be a bridge to a more fruitful partnership and a peaceful sea environment," he concluded.
Present during the groundbreaking ceremonies were officials of the Police Maritime Group, RPO-7 director, Lani-O-Nerez, Cordova Mayor Adelino Sitoy and members of the Mactan-Cebu Bridge Management Board. (PIA-Cebu/MBCN) [top]