Pangasinan police director leads cops in ‘Bisikleta Iglesia’

DAGUPAN CITY — While some Catholic devotees are doing their yearly “Visita Iglesia”, the police in Pangasinan are conducting their own “Bisikleta Iglesia” in a bid to visit all the religious shrines this Holy Week and at the same time maintain police visibility.

P/Senior Supt. Ronald Oliver Lee, Pangasinan acting police director, a known cycling and health buff, is spearheading policemen on board their respective vehicles in visiting various churches in the province.

In the case of Dagupan, it is P/Supt. Franklin Ortiz, newly designated officer-in-charge of the Dagupan City police.

Ortiz said the project will enable the policemen to reflect as Christians and renew their faith as well.

He said in Dagupan, they will make their rounds of churches on their bikes to be led by the acting Police Director.

Part of Lee’s itinerary is the Basilica Minore in Manaoag, which is expected to be flocked to by more than one million devotees from all over the country from Good Friday to Easter Sunday.

It is also part of checking if all the security measures set by the police this Lenten Season are already in place, Ortiz added.

Ortiz, who was just designated as OIC of the Dagupan police on April 8, said the Bisikleta Iglesia will also enable him to familiarize with all the Dagupan barangays, being new in the city. Leonardo Micua/