LUBAO, Pampanga — Pampanga Mayors League president and Mayor Mylyn Pineda-Cayabyab of this town has vowed her full support to the municipality’s police force.
This was following the general assembly of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines in Manila where President Rodrigo Duterte called on the local chief executives’ support to the government’s efforts to curb crimes particularly the proliferation of illegal drugs.
Cayabyab said that aside from logistical assistance to the police, her administration will closely coordinate with the Philippine National Police (PNP) to ensure the success of efforts to maintain peace and order in town.
Last week, Cayabyab welcomed the town’s new police chief, Supt. Dulnoan Dinamling, who replaced Supt. Michael Masangkay to head the municipal police station.
Last March 17, elements of the Lubao police station conducted manhunt operation at Barangay which resulted to the arrest of Emerito Bati y Solis, Jomar Bati y Sanchez, Gerald Bati y Sanchez, Gerome Bati y Sanchez, Noel Caling y Morales and Oliver Sanchez y Ramos who were all wanted for attempted homicide.
“Oplan Sita” with which policemen inspect the streets of suspicious vehicles was also held in Barangay Sta. Cruz, one of the busiest and most progressive villages of the town.
Cayabyab also urged the PML member-mayors to heed on the President’s call by constantly communicating with their respective police forces to determine the effectiveness of their campaigns against criminality.
“It is not enough that we provide financial assistance to the police, there should be an open communication line between the mayors and the chiefs of police to make sure that government money are properly used in keeping our communities safe from criminal elements,” Cayabyab said.
The mayor added that the citizenry should also be encouraged to contribute in the peace and order efforts through the “Mamamayan Ayaw sa Anomalya, Mamamayan Ayaw Sa Iligal na Droga (Masa-Masid)” initiative.
Along with the Department of Interior and Local Government, the local government unit has launched its Masa-Masid program on November 25, 2016 with the signing of commitment among non-government organizations, police and municipal officials.
“We cannot overemphasize the importance of community participation in the peace and order programs. They are the eyes and ears of law enforces in the grassroots so they have to be active for us to work more efficiently,” Cayabyab said.
Barangay anti-drug abuse councils (Badac) should also do their part as they are the “first line of defense” against the illegal drugs, the mayor added.
“The barangay leaders recognize almost all people in their areas of jurisdiction so they can determine instantly if there are unscrupulous individuals roaming in the barangays,” she explained.
On Friday, Cayabyab attended the Regional Peace and Order Council meeting at the Fontana Convention Center in Clark to be apprised of the latest development in government anti-crime thrusts. –Albert Lacanlale