By Calvin Cordova
CEBU CITY – The Central Visayas regional police office (PRO-7) recently received brand new patrol / service vehicles and firearms in line with the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) capability enhancement program.
Fifteen Toyota Hi-lux units, fifteen 650cc motorcycles and 25 sub-machine guns were turned over to the PRO – 7 at Camp Sergio Osmeña Sr. here.
PRO – 7 Director Chief Supt. Debold Sinas and Chief Supt. Restito Gatera, Logistics Support Service Director, led the ceremonial turnover and blessing rite.
The Cebu Provincial Police Office and the Mandaue City Police Office will each get three pick-up units, the Negros Provincial Police Office will get four units while the Cebu City and Lapu-Lapu City police will each get two units. The remaining unit will be assigned to the Siquijor police force.
The 15 motorcycles will beef up the capabilities of the region’s Highway Patrol Group, said Supt. Reyman Tolentin, information officer of PRO 7.
The Israeli-made machine guns will be given to the provincial, regional and city mobile forces, Tolentin added.
The PRO 7 also received 416 bullet-proof vests and 160 Kevlar helmets.
Meanwhile, Tolentin said that the PRO 7 is already mapping out security preparations for the All Souls’ and All Saints’ Day.
“In our initial coordination conference meeting for the Ligtas Undas, we already have 1,973 force multipliers who will support the police in securing the cemeteries in different areas in Region 7,” said Tolentin.
The force multipliers include barangay tanods, medical personnel and volunteers from non-government organizations and groups.