New cop chief orders cleanup of police stations

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

THE new police chief of Baguio City ordered a massive cleanup of the ten police stations in the city and the community police assistance centers (Compac) to improve the scenario within the police stations.

Baguio City Police Director Roberto Quinto Soriano was disappointed over the poor sanitation and cleanliness in the different police stations, thus, the need for every policeman to be actively involved in cleaning their respective offices and stations for the better appreciation of the tourists and residents.

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Aside from cleaning their offices and stations, he cited being a prime tourist destination, police stations must appear clean and good to see since the structures are part of the show window of the city.

Among the observations noted by Soriano in his inspection to the various police stations include poorly maintained comfort rooms, unwashed curtains, scattered garbage within the surroundings of the stations, unmaintained landscape and unnecessary things placed on top of tables and cabinets.

Earlier, Cordillera Regional Police Director Villamor Bomanglag directed the conduct of massive cleanup drive in all offices and police stations after he observed poor cleanliness during a recent inspection and command visit.

Apparently, Soriano claimed the marching orders of the regional director did not cascade to the policemen, thus, the need to reiterate the same instructions to be strictly followed by the rank and file and the policemen.

At the same time, the new police official stressed the need for the City Government and other concerned agencies to intensify their anti-smoke belching campaign, especially within the vicinity of the Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) in order to reduce the number of vehicles that are emitting bad smoke which could affect the health condition of the tourists and residents as well as the state of the environment.

One of the major thrusts of his short stint as officer-in-charge will be to impart the importance of maintaining a clean office and surroundings to ensure that tourists and local residents will respect the law enforcers since they can prove that they could maintain a clean working environment for the benefit of their clientele.

Soriano, a member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class of 1983, is also the current chief of the directorial staff of the PRO-COR.

According to him, Baguio City is known for its cleanliness and beauty in the 1980s, thus, the need for the present and future generations to sustain its grandeur in order to continuously promote the lucrative tourism industry which is one of the major sources of livelihood for a huge number of residents.

He claimed the legacy of maintaining a clean environment within the BCPO during his short stint should be passed on to the future officials of the local police in order to gain the respect, trust and confidence of their clientele who frequent the different police stations to transact business daily. (Dexter See)

New cop chief orders cleanup police stations

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