By Jennifer P. Rendon
The Police Regional Office (PRO) 6 has beefed up its public safety capacity with the purchase of non-lethal equipment.
Brigadier General Sidney Villaflor, Western Visayas police chief, said that the command has invested P2.64 million to purchase reflectorized raincoats and whistles.
Villaflor said they acquired 2,000 whistles, which can be used to ward off attackers and crime violators, as well as call the attention of other nearby law enforcers.
The 2,417 general-purpose raincoats are deemed helpful, especially when policemen are manning the traffic during unfavorable weather conditions.
Villaflor said the equipment will be appropriately and strategically disseminated to police stations across Western Visayas.
“This is done in our bid to fortify the safety and readiness of its personnel and the communities they safeguard,” he said.
The turnover ceremony was held at the PRO6 headquarters at Camp Martin Delgado, Iloilo City on Jan. 15.
While majority of the police stations each received 18 raincoats, the Malay Municipal Police Station in Aklan Province received 40 raincoats owing to the number of its personnel. On the other hand, the Regional Mobile Force Battalion 6 headquarters and its line companies were allocated 10 raincoats each.
Most of the funds used in the procurement were sourced through Villaflor’s initiative while the others were issued by the Directorate for Logistics through Trust Receipt Funds.
Villaflor has emphasized the proactive nature of this measure, highlighting its role in reinforcing the commitment to creating a secure environment for both the PNP and the communities they serve.
He urged the recipients to handle and use the equipment properly.