12th police precinct in Cebu City set to open in July

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THE Cebu City Police Office was optimistic that its 12th station in the mountain barangay of Malubog will soon be opened next month.

Colonel Ernesto Tagle, head of the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO), visited the new Police Community Precinct (PCC) in Sitio Pung-ol, Barangay Malubog to find out what needs to be done to complete the construction of the building.

The construction of PCC in Malubog started in April, but this was temporarily suspended due to the incoming national and local elections last May 9, 2022.

The new precinct, which is targeted to open in July, will be under the Mabolo Police Station 4.

The barangays that are under its jurisdiction are Sudlon 1 and 2, Sinsin, Buot-Taop, Bonbon, Babag, Malubog, Busay, Sirao and Pung-ol.

At least eight policemen will be assigned in the area.

“We hope to finish it as soon as possible para maka function na gyud kita ug maka serbisyo ta sa katawhan nga duol ini nga barangay (so we can already operate and serve the people in the barangay and nearby barangays),” Lieutenant Colonel Janette Rafter, the new Deputy City Director for Operation for CCPO, said.

The Malubog PCC was supposed to be the 13 police station with the one in Barangay Adlaon as the 12th.

However, the CCPO could not yet operate the Adlaon police precinct as they are still waiting an approval from their national headquarters in Camp Crame, thus making the Malubog precinct as the 12th station.

Rafter said the establishment of the new precinct in Malubog would bring the police closer to the people in the mountain barangays and would enable them to respond immediately to crime incidents.

“We really need to establish our presence here kay pwerte gyud lagyoa aning barangaya...ang atong mga katawhan diri wala nay gana moreport sa police sa kalayo ba naman (as these barangays are very far... the people here will no longer have the courage to report to the police due to their location, which is very far),” Rafter said.

Jacob Ong, president of the Rotary Club of Cebu, also visited the Malubog precinct to find out about the lacking facilities that need to be constructed.

Ong said they would need at least P500,000 to finish the construction of the entire building and another P100,000 for Adlaon PCC.

“Didto (sa Adlaon) daghan pag kulang. Wala syay detention cell, furniture, aircon, computer. So atong plano, ato to syang tiwason (There in Adlaon, there are many lacking. There is detention cell, furniture, aircon, computer. So our plan is to finish it,” Ong added.

Ong said their group has been assisting the CCPO in their projects for the past 10 years already. (With TPT)

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