By PNA and U.S. News Agency / Asian
The Philippine National Police (PNP) and the search and rescue (SAR) group of San Jose, Negros Oriental on Friday received equipment and vehicles from the local government unit (LGU) with an accumulated budget of some P2 million purchased with local funds.
San Jose Mayor Carmelo Remollo, during turnover ceremonies attended by civilian and PNP officials at the town’s gymnasium Friday afternoon, stressed the need to donate the vehicles and equipment to improve the capabilities of the PNP and the SAR group during disasters and in maintaining peace and order in the municipality.
The donation covered some P500,000 worth of vehicles and P200,000 worth of lifesaving equipment acquired via the municipal disaster risk reduction and management fund and another P1.2 million from the San Jose local government services equalization fund which had already been earlier calendared for the acquisition of vehicles, firearms and communication equipment for the police, the mayor said.
Mayor Remollo turned over a 4×4 police patrol car, two motorcycles, two M-4 Armalite rifles, a shotgun, ammunition and 10 handheld radios and a base radio to the San Jose police, represented by PNP provincial director Sr. Supt. Edward Carranza.
The mayor also handed over to the SAR group a rescue dump truck, carabiners, harness straps, ropes, heavy duty flashlights, hard hats, shovels, a PA system, life rings, handheld and base radios, among others.
San Jose parish priest Msgr. Marino Ybo led the blessing of vehicles and equipment during the simple turnover ceremony and program attended by Gov. Roel Degamo, 2nd district Rep. George Arnaiz, Board Member Erwin Macias, Sr. Supt. Carranza and other PNP officials, and municipal government officials.
Mayor Remollo said town officials were inspired to donate the vehicles and equipment to the PNP and SAR groups because these would “save lives” and make a difference, especially with disasters and tragedies that occur “like a thief in the night”.
It is better to be preventive than just reactive in time of calamities and disasters, the mayor added.
Meanwhile, Sr. Supt. Carranza has lauded the San Jose LGU headed by Mayor Remollo for its initiative in making the donation to the local police.
He is hopeful that other local governments will take the cue from the San Jose donation and follow suit, to equip their local police with transportation and communications facilities for them to better address criminality and maintain peace and order in their respective areas of assignment.
“We are very appreciative with the initiative of the mayor here in San Jose with the donation of firearms, vehicles and radios. These will boost the performance capabilities of the members of the San Jose police, especially with the motorcycles because of the rugged terrain in some parts of the town,” said Sr. Supt. Carranza.
This is a challenge to the San Jose police that with the donation, the mayor and the townsfolk would expect more from them, he added.