More than 300 policemen from Western Visayas are now on standby for deployment against the local communist insurgency in the region even as the Philippine National Police (PNP) is restructuring its nationwide organization.
Brig. Gen. Rene Pamuspusan, director of the Police Regional Office 6, said the 314 policemen will be deployed to the regional and provincial mobile forces in Western Visayas amid the continuous threat of the New People’s Army (NPA) in the region.
He said the 314 rookie cops had just graduated from Basic Internal Security Operations (BISOC), a 60-day rigid training on counter-insurgency.
“The skills that they acquired during the training shall be put into good use in furthering not only our campaign against illegal drugs and insurgency but also in our efforts in ending local communist armed conflict by strengthening our connection with the community,” said Pamuspusan.
PNP chief Gen. Camilo Pancratius Cascolan has repeated said that he would strengthen the Directorate for Integrated Police Operations (DIPOs) to assist the military in anti-insurgency and anti-terrorism campaigns.
All the provincial and regional mobile forces will be under the DIPOs. In the case of Western Visayas, they will be under Maj. Gen. Dionardo Carlos, the newly-designated director of the DIPO-Visayas.
Aside from DIPO-Visayas, the same restructuring will be held for regional police offices in Northern Luzon, Southern Luzon, Eastern Mindanao and Western Mindanao.