Province volunteers to shoulder medical bills of cops

Palawan Governor Jose Alvarez (2nd from left) congratulates Provincial Police Office (PPO) Director Senior Superintendent Gabriel Lopez (1st from right) and the entire police force in the province during the celebration of their 27th Founding Anniversary on Monday, March 5, 2018. Also in photo is Police Superintendent Juan Calaluan, the deputy director for administration of the PPO.

Governor Jose C. Alvarez on Monday said the provincial government will shoulder the hospitalization and medical expenses of policemen in the province who get wounded in the line of duty.

Speaking before the 27th anniversary of Palawan Provincial Police Office held at Camp Higinio Mendoza in Barangay Tinuguiban, Alvarez also committed to provide the police force additional equipment for crime fighting as he lauded them on their performance.

“Wag kayong matakot sa pagpapatupad ng inyong trabaho, tutulungan kayo ng provincial government” Alvarez said.

Alvarez at the same time urged the police force to support the province’s tourism initiatives.

“Alagaan at tutulungan natin ang turismo kasi yan ang bumubuhay sa probinsya ng Palawan” he added.

“Yang mga mga mina, paubos na yan, ang mga isda ay nauubos, pero ang turista ay parami ng parami, dapat patuloy nating alagaan ang turismo” he added.

During the ceremony, PSSUPT Gabriel Lopez, provincial director of Palawan Provincial Police Office (PPPO) also said that the Provincial PNP has reduced the crime rate in the province by around 20 percent, he said

“Napapababa natin ng almost 20% ang ating crime rate,” the police director said.

Lopez said the decrease in crime incidents is attributed to police visibility.

Low crime volume strengthening of patrol and police visibility, which proved to be a deterrent to lawlessness and criminality.

The Palawan Provincial Police Office (PPPO) was celebrating its 27th year after it was established in 1991, immediately after the enactment of the Republic Act 7160 otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991.

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