Southern Leyte PPOC
moves to have police, army secure Agas-Agas
By BONG PEDALINO (PIA Southern
MAASIN CITY, Southern
Leyte – The Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC)
in this province has passed a resolution requesting for a permanent
police and military detachment to man the province’s newest tourist
attraction, Agas-Agas bridge in Sogod, along with its facilities and
In a meeting held
Wednesday at the Governor’s Office, the PPOC body, on mass motion,
approved to request the regional Philippine National Police (PNP)
office, through SSupt. Pepito Pacada, the new
PNP Provincial Director, that some of its units be stationed
within the vicinity of the said bridge.
Likewise, the same
tenor of the resolution will be sent to the 802nd Brigade, 8th
Infantry Division of the Philippine Army (PA), through Col. Allan
Martin, the Deputy Brigade Commander.
Both Pacada and Martin
were present during Wednesday’s PPOC meeting, and both committed to
forward the PPOC request in the form of a resolution to their
respective higher authorities for the expected appropriate action.
Gov. Damian Mercado,
PPOC Chair, stressed the importance of having checkpoints on standby
in the area, saying that the presence of uniformed personnel can act
as a deterrent to individuals or groups that may have other motives.
He, however, pointed
out that the province remained peaceful because of strong cooperation
by everybody, but establishing an outpost in Agas-Agas can certainly
help to preserve peace and order in a pro-active manner.
Since opening to
vehicular traffic after President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo inaugurated
Agas-Agas bridge – said to be the country’s highest span measuring 85
meters from the ground – last month, reports said many passengers
going to Mindanao or
Luzon passing in the area have spent time appreciating its awesome
Enthusiasts of extreme
sports have reportedly frequented the place.
The PPOC concern for a
round-the-clock watch on the bridge was prompted by speculative
worries some unlawful elements may sabotage the structure, especially
in the run-up to the synchronized presidential and local elections
aside from its panoramic view, served as a strategic, safe passage
linking Mindanao and Luzon, and vice versa.
It was also the
permanent solution to the recurring landslides in the area which
endanger the lives of passing passengers and unsuspecting motorists,
particularly during rainy season.