Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Bicol cops form group in support of women
By Jorge Hallare

LEGAZPI CITY, March 21 (PNA) -- Male members of the Philippine National Police in Bicol have formed a group called the Men Opposed to Violence against Women Everywhere (MOVE) whose officers were sworn into office by Chief Supt. Augusto M. Marquez, PNP Bicol regional director, after the flag-raising ceremony held Monday at the parade ground of Camp Gen. Simeon A. Ola here.

The inductees were led by Supt. Nonito Marquez of the Sorsogon Police Provincial Office (PPO) as president; Supt. Wilmor Halamani of the Police Community Relations Office of Camarines Norte PPO, vice president; SPO4 Marcos Bea of PRO5, secretary; SPO2 Tobias Bongon III of Naga City Police Station, assistant secretary; non-commissioned personnel Reggiemar Doctolero of Talisay MPS, treasurer; PO3 Josephus Ramos, assistant treasurer; and Insp. Jhon Verlano, auditor.

The public relations officers representing their respective PPOs are SPO4 Pepito De Los Reyes, Albay PPO: PO1 Brian Aceron, Camarines Norte PPO; SPO1 Ely Langitan, Camarines Sur PPO; SPO4 Juanito Tevar, Catanduanes PPO; PO1 Romeo Bislumbre, Masbate PPO; SPO2 Tomas Haloc, Sorsogon PPO; SPO2 Noel Dennis Ajero, Naga City PS; and Insp. Uldrick Tilos, 5th Regional Publice Safety Battalion.

The MOVE has members in all provincial police offices and city and municipal police stations all over Bicol, most of whom are new police officers or PO1 as they were automatically made members while they were still training inside the Regional Training School in Camp Gen. Simeon A. Ola here.

The new PO1s vowed to be at the forefront of the campaign to eliminate violence against women (VAW), physical or pyschological; be at the forefront of gender advocacy and help in the establishment of MOVE from the regional level down to the provincial, city and municipal levels.

While the the group has been long organized in Bicol, it was made stronger upon the assumption of Marquez as Bicol police chief.

To institutionalize the group, it was made part of the program of the Police Community Relations Division of Police Regional Office 5 (PRO5), which conducted a seminar-workshop starting March 17 for police officers coming from PPOs, CPS and MPS that culminated in the election of MOVE officials.

Senior Insp. Maria Luisa Calubaquib, PRO5 spokesperson, said the program is the PRO5's contribution the Women's Month.

The MOVE members also aim to campaign for the rights of women not only in the community but also inside their homes to stop physical or psychological violence against women.

Calubaquib said the program would positively change police officers, especially the PO1s, who have been complained of by their spouses at the PNP Internal Affairs Service Office for womanizing and neglect or lack of support to the family.(PNA) LAP/FGS/JH/CBD/EDS