Pulag police station opens-A A +A
Sunday, August 24, 2014
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Mount Pulag’s sacred grounds are now protected by the police.
Benguet Governor Nestor Fongwan led recently the opening of the Community Police Assistance Center (Compac) in simple rites at Babadak, Kabayan.
The P1-million Compac has been constructed in the Mount Pulag reservation to keep the peace and keep police visibility in the area.
Arrivals in the area reach hundreds at a time which was taken into consideration by the governor in the decision to set up the police facility.
Police presence will also help protect the National Park from illegal logging and expansion of commercial farms, which are rampant in the area.
The Compac police office is few meters away from the Mount Pulag Ranger Station and it is overlooking vast track of pine and mossy forests that are slowly being exploited for illegal activities.
Mount Pulag is on top of the list of Fongwan for heightened police visibility in the province, giving emphasis on the environmental laws specifically Presidential Decree 705 or the Revised Forestry Code of the Philippines, as well as a watch on illegal loggers in a bid to help the Department of Environment and Natural Resources implement the total log ban.
Fongwan said a tighter watch on violations against the environment is needed for the province with a proliferation of illegal loggers in some areas.
Benguet Police Provincial Director Rodolfo Azurin Jr. was also present during the inauguration.
Kabayan, considered a key destination on the province, is frequented by locals and tourists alike.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 25, 2014.