Western Visayas gets 205 new cops

Published October 30, 2020, 4:50 PM

by Tara Yap

ILOILO CITY—The Police Regional Office (PRO-6) has an additional 205 police officers to maintain peace and order in Western Visayas region as the threat of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues.

Neophyte cops their oath at a police camp in Bacolod City. (PRO-6 / MANILA BULLETIN)
Neophyte cops their oath at a police camp in Bacolod City. (PRO-6 / MANILA BULLETIN)

The 205 newly minted policemen took their oath at the PRO-6 Regional Training Center in Bacolod City in a virtual ceremony officiated by Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief General Camilo Pancratius Cascolan.

“As police officers, you should be a symbol of honesty and good workmanship for generations to come. Enrich every lesson learned towards progressive organization through honesty and integrity in service. I want you to be a part of raising the standard of our service and we wholeheartedly offer true and honest service to our countrymen”, Cascolan told the cops in a virtual message.

PRO-6 Director Brigadier General Rene Pamuspusan said the 205 additional cops has addressed the ideal 1:500 police to population ratio in Western Visayas region.

There are currently 13,000 police officers assigned in Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, and Negros Occidental provinces, as well as in the highly urbanized cities of Iloilo and Bacolod.

But Pamuspusan also warned the neophyte policemen not to suffer the same fate as the lady cops, who were caught drinking in public while participating at a training in Sara town, Iloilo province.