PNP to put up more police stations in Oro, Iligan

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

THE Northern Mindanao Police Regional Office (PRO) is keen on establishing more police stations in urban centers in the region to enhance security against criminals who continue to commit unlawful acts that affect local residents and business establishments.

Chief Superintendent Lyndel Desquitado, PRO deputy regional director for administration, said more police sub-stations or “advance security command posts” are necessary for the growing cities like Cagayan de Oro and Iligan.

“These cities are our priority every time mag-download kita ug personnel (and establish more police stations) especially in the hinterland villages to really address immediate security assistance,” Desquitado said.


He said the population of these cities continues to swell as more transients are coming in and going out, especially during office and school days.

“We are on top of our security measures for permanent residents. But how about those who come from Bukidnon, Lanao areas, Camiguin, or even Agusan (del Norte)? These are factors for the growing population of highly-urbanized cities like Cagayan de Oro and Iligan,” Desquitado said.

He said they also need more law enforcers on the streets to enhance police visibility to prevent criminals from victimizing the populace.

Desquitado said at daytime, the ratio of police officers to civilians can be 1:2000, which is far from the need of one police officer to 800 to 900 civilians.

“Ideally, one police officer is to 500 (civilians). We’re still far from the ideal ratio,” he said.

But by May or June, Desquitado said, law enforcers who are tasked to do office works and recordings at police stations would eventually be assigned on the streets to augment police visibility.

“Because by March or April, we can already hire non-uniformed personnel (NUP), that we are currently hiring right now to do the job on behalf of the (organic officers). These NUPs would be the one encoding the police blotters or answer emergency calls,” he explained.

He said the employment of NUPs would translate to additional security forces on the streets.

“These 45 NUPs will be assigned in nine police stations in Cagayan de Oro. Thus, it would translate to 45 police officers to go out and help secure the city against lawless individuals. It will be five NUPs each police station,” Desquitado added.

There are 10 police stations in Cagayan de Oro, but nine were only prioritized at the moment, Desquitado said.

Interested applicants to become an NUP can still apply for at least 450 requirements all over Northern Mindanao.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on February 26, 2014.

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