NegOr PNP, AFP ready for May 13 polls

By Jennifer C. Tilos


PBGEN. Rey Lawas interviewed by the members of the Dumaguete media. (PIA7-NegOr)

A total of 2,692 security personnel are ready to be deployed to 535 voting centers in the province to secure and ensure the peaceful and orderly conduct of the May 13 midterm polls.

In a final command conference yesterday with the Commission on Elections (Comelec), the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) presented its security plans especially in election watchlist areas (EWAS).

Brig. Gen. Rey Lawas, Deputy Director for Operation of PNP National Headquarters, reminded the police and military officials to follow Comelec guidelines and remain neutral and apolitical.

“As you presented your security plans it appeared that you are ready, and be sure these are under the guidance of the election officers in your respective areas for smooth implementation of the plan,” said Lawas.

However, the security forces are also advised to be on guard even if the plans are in place.

In a Regional Joint Security Coordinating Center (RJSCC) meeting earlier, PNP identified ten EWAS in the province, namely the municipalities of La Libertad, Bindoy, Siaton, San Jose, Manjuyod, Sta. Catalina, Ayungon, Mabinay, and cities of Guihulngan and Canlaon.

With this, an additional three PNP personnel will be deployed to 78 voting centers under EWAS with a total of 234 police forces.

Lawas cited PNP’s mandate along with the marching orders of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte as well the Chief of PNP an AFP to dismantle all private armed groups (PAGs).

However, Central Visayas has no records of PAGs based on Regional Police Office-7 reports, but the Negros Oriental Police Office (NOrPO) reported that communist terrorists may be utilized by the politicians during the election period.

Lawas also reminded members of the security forces to ensure that this year’s midterm election be clean and credible, and the electorates can cast their vote freely without fear or intimidation.

“We also encourage the community to report any police or member of the security force who become partisan kasi pangit tingnan and hindi talaga tama, they will be answerable in the days to come if ever they will be doing it,” Lawas urged.

PNP remains on full alert and assured the public of a safe and secure elections as the troops will be more active and strengthen the campaign against loose firearms, wanted persons, gun for hire groups and violation of Comelec gun ban through service of warrant of arrest and implementation of search warrants during checkpoint operations and police patrol response.

However, in the overall assessment of NOrPO, the peace and order in Negros Oriental remain calm and manageable despite the presence of communist rebels.


Canlaon residents benefit from outreach prog for peace

By Jennifer C. Tilos

A total of 636 residents in Canlaon City benefited from the medical and dental outreach program and other government services jointly conducted by the Philippine Army’s 302nd Infantry Brigade and the Philippine National Police (PNP) April 13 at Brgy. Panubigan Gym, Canlaon City.

Brig. Gen. Ignacio Madriaga, commander of the 302nd IB, said as a continuing program, this activity intends to deliver free health services to the constituents of Canlaon especially those who need medical attention.

Bringing the government services and programs closer to the people counteracts the deception of the CPP-NPAs who promised to help the barangay residents, the army officer said.

PNP reported that during the medical outreach, some 227 individuals have availed of free medical consultation, 112 had their tooth extracted, 139 young boys were circumcised, minor surgery of 8 patients, 112 vaccinated with anti-cervical cancer, 220 received vitamins and medicines, 150 kids received dental hygiene kits, and 150 persons had their eyes checked and received eye glasses.


Over 600 residents from eight barangays in Canlaon City have availed free medical and health services in an outreach medical-dental mission conducted by PNP-AFP in Canlaon City. (PIA/Negros Oriental)


On top of the medical services, the team also offered free services of massage therapy for 40 individuals, 121 males had their free haircuts, 45 individuals had their nails manicured/pedicured, distributed 500 pair of slippers and 50 balls of basketball and volleyballs, and 340 children received candies, chocolates and stuff toys.

One of the highlights of the activity is the dialogue with the residents of Canlaon with the representatives of all government agencies involved to disseminate the current programs of Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte .

Mayor Jimmy Clerego of Canlaon City said that he is thankful to the Armed Forces of the Philippines and PNP for organizing the activity.

He also emphasized to his constituents that the basic services and all government programs aim to improve the lives of every Filipino.

In the same activity, Police Brig. Gen. Debold Sinas, Regional Director of Police Regional Office-7 said “It is very important that you are not only aware of the programs of the government but also you understand what is the truth or not, so that you will not be deceived and exploited by the communist organizations and join the New People’s Army.”

During the open forum, Agrarian Reform Officers discussed the process of land acquisition in which the audience realized that they were only deceived and misled for a long time by the communist organizations like KARAPATAN that tried to organize them and promised to help them.

Chief Agrarian Reform Program Officer Engr. Manuel Galon, Jr. of the Operation Division of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) explained the actions by their office and status of the land areas to be subjected to land reform and distribution.

A report from PNP states that “it was found out during exchanges that lawyers of Karapatan and Gabriela organizations that offered their services had different opinions and legal advice that runs contrary on the procedures of DAR.”

It added that these advisers insisted that these farmers will not follow the government office concerned directives and guidelines but to stick to their advices even though these were wrong and unlawful.

Sinas followed up the answers of DAR that the farmers were duped by Karapatan and misrepresented them and muddled the issues that caused the delay of the project implementation.

Other issues raised during the dialogue include the assurance of the PNP and AFP that there is no such list of targets of police and military operations but requested the participants to detach themselves from dubious organizations.

A representative from the Community Environment and Natural Resources Ooffice of Canlaon City explained the important of preserving the watershed of Negros Island and the reasons why tenants inside the reservations were advice to leave and vacate the area.

Some 400 residents including the barangay chairpersons participated in the dialogue or pulong-pulong from the eight barangays of Binalbagan, Pula, Lumapao, Bayog, Aquino, Linohangan, Masulog, and Panubigan all in Canlaon City.

Cebuano News: Pag-instalar sa CCTV sugdan na sa dakbayan sa Dumaguete

By Leandria Pagunsan

Sugdan na sa dili madugay ang pag-instalar sa multi-million CCTVs gikan sa PLDT company nga gi deliver na ngadto sa lokal nga kagamhanan sa Dumaguete City, ug gani anaa kini gipahiluna sa command center.

Sumala ni Dumaguete City Information Officer, Dems Demecillo ang walo (8) ka Poblacion barangays sa dakbayan unahon pag instalar sa CCTV ug gilaomang ma kumpleto kini sa Hulyo ning tuiga.

Mo sunod ang laing 22 ka barangay human sa 8 ka Poblacion barangays.

Ang modernong CCTV camera adunay kapasidad nga gitawag ug  “panning, tilting ug zooming” ngadto sa usa ka  tawo o butang sulod sa gilay-on nga usa ka kilometro matud ni Demecillo.

Si Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo ug PLDT officials pinangunahan ni Assistant Vice-President sa PLDT Visayas Jimmy Chua ug uban pa nga opisyal sa dakbayan nagtigom bag-ohay lang  aron pag finalize sa maong proyekto.

Ang command center atimanon sa empleyado gikan sa lokal nga kagmahanan ug sa PLDT 24/7 aron maseguro nga anaa sa maayong pagdumala ang mga CCTV camera.

Base sa ilang kasabutan sa PLDT ang CCTV “will be upgraded based on the latest market technology.”

Matud ni Mayor Remollo kini nga proyekto dako ug ikatabang aron mapakgang ang mga panghitabong krimen, pag monitor sa sitwasyon sa trapiko ug magamit isip “early warning” panahon sa kalamidad.

Ang sunod nga proyekto sa dakbayan ubos ni Mayor Remollo mao ang pag instalar unya og traffic lights sa “major intersections” ug sa uban nga karsada gamit ang  fiber optic cables.