Pangasinan police readies for summer, elections

DAGUPAN CITY -— The Pangasinan Provincial Police Office (PPPO) is not only preparing for the coming national and local selections, but also for the big influx of tourists to the province this summer season.

Police Superintendent Jacky Candelario, the PPPO deputy provincial director for operations, disclosed during the KBP forum on March 10 that their office, in partnership with other concerned agencies, will start setting up police assistance hubs and motorist assistance centers in different towns’ major thoroughfares as part of their Oplan Summer Vacation (SumVac).

“Our preparations for election and summer vacation will be done at the same time,” said Candelario, citing further that Pangasinan has a lot of tourist spots.

Moreover, Candelario said the PPPO will further intensify its operations such as the conduct of checkpoints all over the province.

At present, he said, at least four checkpoints a day in every town are being conducted, two of which are provincial-initiated while two are station-initiated.

“By the start of the campaign period (March 25), expect that the number of checkpoints will increase,” he added.

He then urged the public to report any improper conduct of checkpoints to the PPPO.

Corollary to this, Candelario noted the conduct of checkpoints has helped lower the number of crimes in the province including shooting incidents and robberies.

“Before we averaged at 78-80 crimes per week, now we’re down to about 30 incidents weekly,” he said.

Meanwhile, Candelario said almost one-fourth of the towns in the province already conducted their covenant signing among their political candidates.

He said the PPPO has advised chiefs of police in all towns to spearhead such activity to further assure peaceful and fair elections in Pangasinan, which was tagged as ‘number 3’ in the election watchlist areas. PNA/