Catbalogan dad urges PNP to augment city police force following PGMA's order for more cops
By Ninfa B Quirante
Catbalogan City (13 August) -- City Mayor Coefredo 'Tekwa' Uy requested the Philippine National police sought for the retention of the PNP augmentation force earlier deployed to the city.
In a letter addressed to P/S Supt Asdali Idjah Abah, Uy requested for the retention of twenty-two (22) police personnel assigned to augment the police security for the month-long City Fiesta celebration from august 1-31, 2007.
The letter added that the 22 PNP personnel form part of the organic personnel upon the termination of their previous order.
It further stated that since Catbalogan is already a city, it needs to reinforce police visibility for surety purposes. Presently, it said that the city has only 82 PNP to secure a population of some 95,000.
As per provision of the law, there should be one PNP for every 500 people, the letter further noted.
PNP Provincial Director Abah did not readily turn down the request of the Honorable City Mayor but explained that the additional police forces have been plucked out from their mother units which could also be undermanned.
However, Abah assured that should there be additional deployment from the higher headquarters, Catbalogan City would be a priority for deployment considering its new status and its growing population.
PD Abah also vowed to deploy those assigned in the Samar PPO to augment the PNP force visibility.
In a related development, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo announced that 3,500 new policemen will be hired next year as part of a sustained program to beef up the government's capability to combat lawlessness, terrorism and maintain peace and order.
She also directed the Philippine National Police (PNP) to deploy its desk-bound personnel to "pound the streets" to increase police visibility as a deterrent to security threats and lawlessness all over the country.
The new directive means 500 more warm bodies than the recruitment authorization she issued last year to the PNP to hire 3,000 new policemen every year.
The President made the announcement during her visit to the newly -constructed Caloocan Police Headquarters along Samson Road in Caloocan City, where she also handed out PhilHealth Family Health Cards to police volunteers, barangay officials and residents of nearby Barangay 73.
The President's new directive effectively increases the hiring rate of new policemen to 3,500 next year and 4,000 annually from 2009 to 2010.
To get the ball rolling, the President called on all college graduates who are still looking for jobs to try their luck and apply as policemen.
She said that with the number of recruits needed, landing a job in the police force would be a cinch.
The President pointed out that the budget needed to hire the additional policemen will be taken from the revenues raised as a result of the strict enforcement of fiscal reforms implemented by the government, notably the Expanded Value Added Tax (E-VAT) Law. (PIA-Samar) [top]