Police Chief Superintendent Constante D. Azares, Jr., who assumed as Region 1 police director barely two weeks ago, today (January 11) had his first command visit to the Pangasinan Police Provincial Office (PPO) in Lingayen town.
Police Senior Superintendent Percival G. Barba, Pangasinan police director, led his personnel in formally welcoming PCSupt Azares with a traditional arrival honors ceremony at about 8:00 o’clock in the morning.
The Regional Director thereafter joined the flag-raising ceremony at the Pangasinan PPO grandstand as the Guest of Honor and Speaker, wherein he officially turned over seven (7) brand-new patrol vehicles to the recipient police stations. The vehicles were received by the concerned municipal mayors together with their respective Chief of Police.
In his speech, PCSupt Azares pointed out that the batch of vehicles – 2 Toyota Innova and 5 Toyota Hi-Lux – is part of the capability enhancement initiative of the PNP under its Integrated Transformation Program. He reminded the recipients, especially the designated drivers, to strictly observe proper care and maintenance of the vehicles, even as he thanked the mayors for their support to the local police.
“I would like to remind you that these vehicles are ‘for official use only’,” Azares stressed. “They are not to be used for private purposes.”
Later, PSSupt Barba led the Regional Director to a mini-tour of the provincial camp premises, after which the PCSupt Azares presided over a command conference held at the nearby Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center.
The conference, attended by all provincial officers and chiefs of police of Pangasinan PPO, AFP representatives, Comelec officials and local chief executives, focused on the program thrusts of the new Regional Director and matters relating to the upcoming national and local elections.
“I urge each one of you to do your part in ensuring honest, orderly and peaceful elections come May 2010,” Azares told his men. “Let us intensify our law enforcement and public safety operations, especially now that the election period has already begun.”
The Regional Director also appealed to the members of the media who covered the event to continue helping in the ongoing PNP drive to fully inform the public on the nationwide total gun ban, the provision of protective security detail, the prohibition on private armed groups (PAGs), the location and functions of the Joint Security Control Centers (JSCCs), and similar election-related concerns. pnppro1