NAGA CITY — This city’s Peace and Order Council (NCPOC) has directed the Naga City Police Office (NCPO) to restore the police checkpoints in strategic areas of the city and to deploy mobile patrols to optimize police visibility, particularly in the upper barangays.
Naga City Vice Mayor Gabriel H. Bordado Jr., said members of the council expressed alarm over the high incidence of criminality during the past few months leading to the Peñafrancia Tercentenary celebrations. Bordado is acting presiding officer of the NCPOC, a multisectoral council tasked, among other things, to provide a forum for inter- disciplinary dialogue and deliberation of major issues and problems affecting peace and order.
“I already discussed the council proposals with Acting Police Director Vert Chavez during the regular session of the Sangguniang Panlungsod and after our meeting with Local Government and Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo,“ Bordado said.
The city government of Naga donated vehicles, VHF radios and other equipment to the police office during the incumbency of Secretary Robredo as city mayor. It also installed closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras in commercial areas of the city.
In recent years, the setting up of police checkpoints and quick-response mobile police teams proved to be very effective as crime deterrents. Some quarters, however, cautioned the police regarding possible human rights violations insofar as the checkpoints were concerned.