Thursday, June 23, 2016

PNP-Bicol chief bares big changes in police's tasks in July
By Jorge Hallare

LEGAZPI CITY, June 22 (PNA) -- Chief Supt. Augusto M. Marquez Jr., Police Regional Office 5 regional director, said there will be great changes in the performance of the police personnel in the region starting the first day of July.

Marquez announced this in a press conference held Wednesday at the conference room of the administration building of Camp Gen. Simeon A. Ola here.

He called the press meet after a command conference he held with the six provincial directors of PRO5.

Marquez said incoming PNP chief Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa called him up Tuesday and gave the marching order on the strict enforcement of the laws – from the small ordinances of city, municipal and provincial councils to the laws of the national government.

He said that starting July 1, the performance of the more than 7,500 police officers will be monitored not only by Camp Gen. Simeon A. Ola but also by Camp Crame and warned that they will file cases against those who will not perform their work.

The Bicol police regional director said that about two weeks ago, he had already ordered the six provincial directors to make an inventory of the ordinances, resolutions and laws approved by the city, municipal and provincial councils from the small ones -- like jaywalking, curfew, traffic, loitering in the streets and public places without shirts, loud and untimely use of videoke – to laws being enforced by the national government and these have to be enforced starting July 1.

Marquez asked the assistance of the media to inform the public about the implementation of all laws and warn the people about it.

Despite the strict enforcement of the laws, the enforcers, however, will give leeway at the start by warning those who would be arrested to obey the laws next time or face punishment.

The Bicol police chief gave as example the curfew ordinance among minors.

He asked his men to find out first why a minor is still out in the unholy hour and when the reason is plausible, the police officer should bring the child home.

He said that based on the report of the provincial directors, there were towns in the Bicol Region which still do not have approved ordinance on peace and order in their respective places like those in the entire Masbate province where only Masbate City has an ordinance on curfew.

As a result, Marquez ordered the provincial directors to meet and have dialogues with the local chief executives to convince them to pass related ordinances that will be enforced in their respective local government units.

He said the PRO5 was making a template on the possible ordinance to be presented to the municipalities that could be pushed by the mayors and passed by the local councils.

Marquez said one of the problems of the region he wanted to address was the traffic problem whereby he wanted to remove the causes of congestion like vendors without permits, streets being used as basketball courts and others.

He said he had talked with incoming governor Congressman Al Francis Bichara wherein they agreed to revive the Provincial Traffic Safety Code approved in 1998.

Marquez said the Albay Police Provincial Office will select policemen who will undergo motorcycle-riding course to help in the enforcement of traffic laws in Albay.

He said Bichara promised to buy the needed motorcycles.

Marquez ordered his men to rid the Maharlika Highway from Matnog, Sorsogon to the last barangay Sta. Elena town in Camarines Norte of all causes of traffic.

This is aside from their enforcement of the various laws in the localities against criminality and the arrest of wanted criminals. (PNA) RMA/FGS/JH/CBD/RSM