Lack of police force in Curuan Dist. cited PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 10 January 2012 16:54

“With only 35 police personnel guarding the critical coastline of Curuan District,  it is obviously insufficient  that is why I’ am working harder for additional men to be assigned in our station to augment our present force.”

Thus said newly installed Curuan Police Station 2 commander Chief Insp. Ricardo Garcia in an interview yesterday.

Garcia said there are nine barangays that are under his areas of responsibility and a wide stretch of coastal areas starting at Sitio Mala, Bolong, to Marangan, Curuan, to be guarded and with the present force that he has,  it is indeed inadequate thus Garcia made a request to the Police Regional Office-9 for additional police force.

Garcia is hopeful that his request will be granted, even just a team of policemen from the Regional Mobile Group that would be a great addition to his station.

“The coastlines under our jurisdiction are very critical considering these areas are used by lawless elements as entrance and exit point for their nefarious activities such as kidnapping,” Garcia said citing past kidnapping incidents wherein victims were from Curuan Distrcit.

Kidnappers use the coastal areas of Curuan District as escape route due to its easy access to other nearby islands leading to Basilan.

However, despite the lack of  police force at present, Garcia said they still manage to maintain the peace and order in the barangays under his areas of responsibility.

“We will work harder than ever with the help of community and barangay officials as well to avoid incidence of kidnapping again and other criminalities here,” Garcia said.

It was Garcia’s second assignment as Curuan Police Station commander thus giving him the advantage on how to operate police work in the area. —  Noning R. Antonio