PNP lacks funds for construction of more police stations -- Bacalzo PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 11:38

The Philippine National Police does not have sufficient funds to construct additional police stations in all municipalities in the country.

This was disclosed by PNP Chief Director General Raul Bacalzo during a meeting yesterday at the Garden Orchid Hotel with officials of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, top military and police officials.

The meeting presided by Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo and also attended by Mayor Celso Lobregat tackled primarily the prevailing peace and order condition in Basilan and Sulu, particularly the spate of kidnappings and other terror acts.  

Bacalzo said that this year's General Appropriation Act only allocated funds only for the construction of  15 police stations in the country.

He said there is a need to construct more police stations in remote and island municipalities of ARMM to make law enforcement more effective.

Bacalzo thanked local government leaders in the region who put up counterpart money for the construction of some police stations.

"Police station is very important in police works and law enforcement to attend to the needs of the populace,” Bacalzo stressed.

ARMM spokeperson Ali Macabalang told newsmen that under the leadership of Gov. Ansaruddin Alonto Adiong,  funds have been allocated for the construction of more police stations in ARMM.

The ARMM's Regional Legislative Assembly, Macabalang said, is fasttracking a support resolution for the release of the funds next week.

At present, there are 50 police stations that were already constructed in the different municipalities in  ARMM.

Because of the lack of police stations, Macabalang said, some policemen have become part of the private armies of crooked politicians.

Maguindanao Gov. Esmael Mangungudatu whose family members were among those killed in the infamous massacre in 2009, also said that ARMM is "very dirty."

He said there is a need to construct more police stations so that policemen will report to each command where they are assigned and perform their sworn dutie. -- Allen Abastillas