PSSLAI donation to
boost PRO8 capability, mobility
By RPCRD, Police Regional
September 24, 2012
CAMP SEC. RUPERTO K.
KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte – Efforts by the Police Regional Office 8 (PRO8)
to further minimize the number of crimes committed in the streets of
downtown Tacloban City and neighboring towns have been boosted with
the turnover today of 20 units mountain bikes and 10 units handheld
radios for use in its anti-crime operations.
PCSupt Elmer Ragadio Soria,
PRO8 Regional Director, disclosed that the newly-donated equipments
were meant to advance police capability against crimes being committed
on streets and enhanced police visibility especially with the
forthcoming celebration of the Leyte Gulf Landing on October 20.
“Using bicycles is an
effective crime-fighting tool because of its maneuverability on
crowded sidewalks and its ability to navigate narrow driveways over
cars and similar vehicles. On the other hand, handheld radio provides
operatives with an instant communication resulting in a quicker
response time”, the Regional Director disclosed.
He said that the mountain
bikes, a donation by the Public Safety Savings and Loan Association
Inc. or (PSSLAI), will be utilized to patrol city streets, highways,
nearby schools, financial and commercial centers in Tacloban City and
the Mac Arthur Landing Memorial National Park in Palo, Leyte.
“Aside from city streets,
the policemen who will be assigned to use these bikes will also be
deployed to guard nearby schools and highways to help prevent crimes
from taking place,” he added.
In line with the
Tourist-Oriented Police for Community Order and Protection (TOP COP)
program, Soria also recognizes the uniqueness of police bike patrol
for the protection and safety of tourists as well as securing tourist
destinations in the region, moreso with the forthcoming Leyte Gulf
Landing celebration which is expected to boost tourist arrival in
“We expect an increased
tourists arrival in the region next month so this is a part of our
stepped up effort to ensure the protection of local and foreign
travelers and to help sell the DOT slogan “It’s more fun in the
Philippines.”, the police official averred.
The formal turn-over of the
20 units of mountain bikes and 10 units Kenwood VHF Handheld Radios
was held during the Monday Flag Raising Ceremony at the PRO8 Matapat
Hall with PSSLAI President and Chief Executive Officer Retired Police
Director Ernesto V. Belen. It was then followed by the blessing of
said equipment by the Regional Chaplain PCInsp Rev. Fr. Apolinario
The PSSLAI is a non-stock,
non-profit savings and loan association for the PNP that began its
operations on July 1, 2003, and whose main objective is to provide PNP
uniformed and non-uniformed personnel investment opportunities and
immediate access to funds and help them cope with rising needs of
daily living. The donation is part of the association’s corporate