Cat’nes police honors Laynes, Virac LGU
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Catanduanes police provincial director Col. Paul Abay led his officers and men the other Monday (June 10, 2019) in paying tribute to Mayor Samuel Laynes and the Virac municipal government for its unwavering and genuine support to its local police force.

“The CATPPO takes pride in recognizing the noteworthy contribution of LGU-Virac in the PNP’s continuous capability building efforts towards a truly transformed PNP organization, truly a legacy worth remembering,” the island’s top cop said in his address during the brief ceremony marking the formal turnover of 11 rifles by the local government to the Virac police station.

Saying that stakeholder support is an important intervening factor in all the four perspectives of the PNP Charter Statement, PD Abay said the police sees itself in need of reaching out and engaging the local and national communities so that a working partnership can be forged in attaining a safer environment.

“Without such partnership, the PNP cannot go very far towards realizing its vision,” the Catanduanes police leadership stated as it honored the mayor with a pass-in-review and gave him as well as Vice Mayor Arlynn Arcilla, on behalf of the LGU, plaques of appreciation.

The two local officials, as well as PD Abay and Virac PNP officer-in-charge Maj. Bon Billy Timuat, signed a deed of donation covering an M110 7.62mm sniper rifle with scope, 10 M-4 5.56mm rifles, steel alloy magazines, 20 boxes of 5.56mm ammo and two boxes of 7.62mm ammo, with each box containing 30 rounds each.

The lot was procured by the municipality for over P1.7 million, pursuant to 2018 Municipal Peace and Order and Public Safety (POPS) Plan approved by the Municipal Peace and Order Council (MPOC) and the Sangguniang Bayan. Seven more M-4 rifles are reportedly set for delivery soon.

Also blessed during the Monday morning flag-raising activity were four multicabs, two pursuit motorcycles, several motorcycles with sidecars, four bicycles with helmets, and a pickup truck given last year to the Virac MPS, as well as bullet-proof vests, search and rescue materials, and handheld radios.

Rev. Fr. Rolly Rabaca also gave the same blessing to two Honda XRM patrol motorcycles and one Kawasaki big bike, as well as 750 magazines for M-16 rifles to be distributed among the different police units and stations.

It may be recalled that in 2017, the Laynes administration was recognized by the PNP Regional Office as the outstanding Local Government Unit for the municipal level in view of its considerable support for the peace and order campaign since the chief executive took office.

From a mere P300,000.00 allocation for fuel during the previous administration, the MPOC chaired by Mayor Laynes approved a P5-million CY 2017 Municipal Peace and Order and Public Safety (POPS) Plan just months after the start of his term, following this up with the same funding in 2018.

The vehicles were followed by the CCTV and surveillance system, Kevlar helmets and vests, boots and other gadgets to boost the image of the police force, particularly its SWAT team.

In his message, the local chief executive said the maintenance of peace and order was among his priority programs in his 10-point agenda when he took over nearly three years ago, on the belief that it is very essential for a developing community to ensure that the people are well protected.

He recalled that in 2016, the local police station was in a sorry state, confined to small working area, its mobility limited to two patrol cars not in pristine condition, and its firepower limited to seven antiquated long firearms.

“My wish for the Virac municipal police station and its personnel is for them to take good care of the items that LGU Virac gave you,” Laynes said. “These items symbolize the people of Virac’s commitment, trust and confidence in the police being the protector of the community and its people.”

He also noted that during his term of office as local chief executive of Virac, not a single complaint has been filed before the People’s Law Enforcement Board (PLEB) against a police officer.

“It means we have a better and professional police force nowadays,” the mayor emphasized as he urged them to keep up the good work.

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