By Saul Pa-a
STA. ROSA CITY, Laguna – Laguna 1st District Representative Arlene Arcillas has vowed to pursue procurement of mobile patrol cars for the city police force as she urged other Calabarzon legislators to do the same to augment the police capability to perform their peace and order mandate.
“Yung mga commitments ng mga mambabatas sa Calabarzon ay gagawin po namin (We will fulfill the commitments made by the Calabarzon lawmakers, like the two mobile patrol cars pledged by representatives of Region 4A. We will be following this up and for sure we will be giving these cars,” Arcillas , who also chairs the Calabarzon Regional Advisory Council (RAC4A), told media on Friday at the sidelines of the four-day 4th National Advisory Council Summit held Nov. 14 to 17 at The Monochrome Events Place in Nuvali green district this city,
RAC4A and the Police Regional Office (PRO4A) Calabarzon played host to the 4th National Summit after the three preceding annual gatherings of advisory council stakeholders, top Philippine National Police (PNP) officials, commissioners of the National Police Commission and NAC officials that were held in Pampanga, Iloilo and Cebu, consecutively.
Arcillas said that the pledge was given as their district representative responsibility and that the budget allocation would not be taken from the national fund.
“I have no idea on the national government on that position, but on my part, I would not put the national government on that position, kundi ilalagay lang natin sa budget at by district lang yan (but rather to allocate the budget sourced from the legislative district only) and make sure I’ll be giving it,” she said.
“Even when I was then City Mayor (of Sta. Rosa City) and even now as legislator, I always support the police force and alam ko hindi ito kinukuha (I am aware that this funding is not obtained) from the national budget because it was already passed, and we want to meet the needs of our police force,” she added.
Meanwhile, Police Deputy Director General Camilo Pancratius P. Cascolan, chief of the PNP Directorial Staff and chair of the Technical Working Group of the PNP PATROL Plan 2030, confirmed on the legislators’ initiatives of providing the mobile patrol cars.
“That was actually mentioned in one of our discussions during our meetings in Camp Crame. We have followed that up on the feedback and on when and what, as we need to assess the needs of each (police) station,” Cascolan said.
Meanwhile, Chief Supt. Noel A. Baraceros, the Director of the PNP Center for Police Strategy Management said the Summit has evolved from its establishment to the strengthened partnerships of the police organization and the various stakeholders through the advisory councils.
“We are now in the process of enhancing the partnerships, as we would like our advisory councils like the PNP now to be aligned, kung ano ang gusto ng national headquarters, papunta sa baba (on what the national headquarters would like to be cascaded to the local level) and we are trying to establish a network of advisory councils especially in the sharing of best practices,” Baraceros said. (PNA)