Ex-Mayor Sales lauds Manaoag COP
By Mortz C. Ortigoza
MANAOAG – Former Mayor Napoleon Sales hailed the strictness of this pilgrimage town officer –in- charge chief of police (COP) for the excellent peace and order situation here being enjoyed by the residents and tourists.
EXECUTIVES. Former Mayor Nap Sales (2nd from left) joins at the table (from left) P/SInp. Rowel V. Albano, former Board Member Ming Rosario, and OIC Chief
of Police Eric Gonzales.
“Sa aking pananaw kayo ang pinaka importante na tao sa balat ng lupa,” he told last Friday the applauding policemen and their families at the Jessie’s Place and Resort in Barangay Tebuel here during their Christmas party.
Aside from Sales, who is running for the vice mayoralty in the 2016 election, former Board Member Jeremy Rosario, village chiefs, auxiliary forces, and media men attended the festivity.
Senior Inspector Roderick Gonzales asked his men for their understanding of his toughness and firmness.
“Suwerte, malas, at bawl jack ang naibibigay ko sa inyo dahil sa pressure ng trabaho. Pero ang kagandahang impression nila sa atin ang bayan ng Manaoag hanggang ngayon ay nanatili pa ring tahimik, matiwasay, progresibo para sa ating lahat,” the COP cited.
Gonzales thanked the cooperation and support reciprocated by his personnel on his aggressive leadership to attain their objectives and continuous tranquillity of the first class municipality.
When Gonzales took the reign of the police here in September from Chief Inspector Edison Revita, he expedited the procurements of needed equipment like the two P15 thousand worth Epson F-20 printers and P16 thousand high resolution cameras.
He said he bought them through solicitations from friends when he was just two weeks in office.
The other solicited gadgets he chalked up from businessmen friends are the 15 brand new hand held two-way radios his police would be using in their patrol and operation.
Gonzales said he relied on asking donations because he could not use the P49 thousand a month Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE) which is only appropriated, as ordered by higher headquarter, on gasoline, office supplies, and other needs of the station.
“I got two patrol cars like the Mahindra and Innova, four Motorized Anti-Street Crime Operatives (MASCO), and four mountain bikes,” when asked how many vehicles he had in this pilgrimage town’s police station.
The police station of the almost 70 thousand populated town, according to the COP, have 50 personnel including him and two other officials.
Gonzales first order of the day when he replaced Revita was for his men to aggressively fight criminalities without let up by conducting mobile patrolling and coordination and monitoring in different barangays within his area of responsibility (AOR) to deter any criminal acts, initiated continuous road clearing and monitoring operations within his AOR, implemented information operation regarding the effects of drugs, peace and order situation here and the new traffic scheme being implemented at Brgy Poblacion, conducted school visitation and information drive on Anti-Bullying and distributed flyers containing safety prevention tips to pupils of elementary schools, dialogued with Tricycle Operators and Drivers’ Association (TODA) representatives regarding the parking rules, loading and unloading of passengers and at the same time gaining their cooperation when it comes to new traffic scheme, to name a few.
Last October he and his men apprehended Joseph Vinluan, a bogus military officer, who was caught red handed with three unlicensed Cal. 9mm pistols and a Cal. 45 handgun he kept at his Innova vehicle.
The yuletide celebration saw the policemen, their wives and children enjoying during a huge party where food, games, gifts and cash flowed through the generosity of Gonzales who is waiting to be promoted to Chief Inspector anytime this year.
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