Carbon Police Station moves to new building; inmates transferred

CARBON Police Station 5 has moved to its new location on the third floor of the interim building of Megawide Unit 2 Carbon market after its old building located along M.C. Briones Street corner Escaño Street has been demolished to give way to an ongoing development.

Police Major Kenneth Albotra, chief of Police Station 5, said a new edifice will be constructed in the area formerly occupied by their old building.

Some of the 44 persons under police custody (PUPC) who are facing major cases will also be transferred to the headquarters of the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) in Camp Sotero Cabahug on Gorordo Avenue, except for those with petty crimes who will placed in a stationary Kaoshiung bus equipped with detention cells that will be provided by the city government.

Albotra said they are still looking for a place that can accommodate the stationary bus without putting their PUPCs at risk.

Since the current office of station 5 is on the third floor, Albotra said he will ask permission from the Megawide if they could assign a desk officer on the ground floor so that people, especially senior citizens, will no longer go up to file their complaints.

Police Colonel Ireneo Dalogdog, chief of CCPO, said the old building of the Carbon police station should be abandoned because of its dilapidated state.

Due to the fact that the building has been there for a long time, it is no longer suitable to be used as a police station, Dalogdog added.

He thanked the Megawide Construction, parent company of Cebu2World Development Incorporated (C2W), developer of Carbon Market modernization program, for giving the police a comfortable office space.

“Kinahanglan gyud sila nga ibalhin unang una kadtong ilang karaan nga building dilapidated na, ika duha maigo sad to siya sa programa kining vision sa Cebu City government kining Singapore like Cebu City,” said Dalogdog.

(They really need to be transferred, first, because their old building is dilapidated. Second, it will affect the vision of the Cebu City government to become like Singapore.)

Dalogdog added that they also could not construct a new building unless the City Government will donate the lot to them.

Albotra, however, said that police operations, such as their campaign against illegal drugs and other forms of criminality will remain as it is despite the new changes.

He said his men who are assigned in beat patrol will continue to be visible in the area to ensure order and safety of consumers. (AYB, TPT)