THE government will spend P219.1 million for the construction and renovation of police and fire stations, and hiring of additional non-uniformed personnel in Bohol.
Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II said P2. 4 million will go to the construction of police stations in Loon, Tubigon and Alicia towns while P2.2 million was alloted for renovations under “Oplan Hilamos”.Roxas said police stations in the towns of Catigbian, Trinindad, Batua, Candijay, Carmen, DImao, Jagna, Loboc, Pilar and Valencia will get P200,000 each.
The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) will also put up a fire station in the First District towns of Catigbian and Sikatuna worth P2.6 million each. Nine towns in the Second District and nine in the Third District will also have new fire stations.
Roxas said all 24 towns in Bohol will receive a fire truck worth P6-8 million.
He said the government has allotted P170 million to renovate at least 1,700 ageing and dilapidated police stations nationwide.
Roxas said the police chiefs will decide what to repair or renovate at their stations, and they include worn out roofing, toilets, lightings and paint and every police station will be covered by a work program.
The implementation of Oplan Diginity, Roxas said, was meant to enhance public acceptance and perception of Philippine National Police (PNP) office and the personnel manning it.
“The objective is to bring dignity back to the PNP officers’ place of work. Sa ganitong paraan, mas mapapabuti ang serbisyo nila sa mamamayan at mapapanatili ang mabuting relasyon nila sa komunidad [This way, they can serve the public better and keep their good relationship in the community],” Roxas said.
He added “Ipapatupad natin ang lahat ng repormang puwedeng gawin sa PNP at sa BFP masiguro lamang na ligtas at payapa ang bawat pamilyang Pilipino, sa loob at labas ng kanilang tahanan [We will implement reforms in the PNP and BFP just to ensure that the safety of each Filipino family in and out of the house].”
PNP will also recruit 195 non-uniformed personnel who will handle administrative and technical jobs in various police stations.
Roxas said the hiring of non-uniformed personnel will allow more policemen to run after criminals.