The city police office is proposing the establishment of six additional police stations to continue maintaining the peace and order even in the remotest barangays of Puerto Princesa.
“Puerto Princesa is so huge, and when there are reports from far-flung barangays, at least there are police who will quickly respond,” City Police Senior Superintendent Ronnie Francis Cariaga told the City Council on Tuesday.
Cariaga was invited to the City Council’s question and answer hour to give an update about the two consecutive murders that transpired in the city this month.
According to the city police chief, his predecessor has already forwarded a request last year to the Philippine National Police (PNP) central office concerning the additional stations, but nothing has materialized until now.
Cariaga said he understands it would take time for the proposal to be realized, given the factors that need to be considered, such as the availability of land and the process of building the said stations under the PNP prescribed standard.
He said the city police office has no budget specifically intended for the acquisition of land and construction of such stations.
“If there’s a readily available structure in the area that can [temporarily] serve as police station, we can initially place police officers there like in Anilawan and Luzviminda,” he said.
The city police chief said they are also in the process of identifying areas where they will put up these new stations.
Currently, he said the city police, aside from its head office in San Pedro, has two stations in Mendoza and Irawan.