W. Visayas cops go ‘Green’

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Friday, December 28, 2012


POLICEMEN in Western Visayas do not only go after the criminals and lawbreakers, but are also lovers and protectors of the environment, said Philippine National Police (PNP) regional head Agrimero Cruz Jr.

Cruz, in his report to the regional peace and order council (RPOC) recently, said policemen participated in the national re-greening program of the Aquino Administration by planting trees for 10 months in 2012 with a compliance rate of 74.27 percent.

A total of 409,326 seedlings of mahogany, mangroves, and other varieties of fruit-bearing trees were planted by 7,655 PNP personnel out of 551,160 target numbers of trees to be planted during the period.

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The province of Capiz planted 68,541 trees out of its 50,256 target thereby posting 136.38 percent compliance. Bacolod City is next with 45,748 planted trees out of target 37,080 and posting 123.38 percent compliance.

Third is the province of Aklan with 44,805 planted trees out of target 43,992 and posting 101.85 percent compliance; the province of Antique with 33,279 planted trees out of target 37,584 and posting 88.55 percent compliance.

The province of Iloilo planted 67,350 trees out of target of 100,512 and posted 67.01 percent compliance; followed by the province of Guimaras with 9,978 planted trees out of 15,048 target, thereby posting 66.31 percent compliance, he said.

The PNP regional headquarters planted 15,278 trees out of target 26,568, thereby posting 57.51 percent compliance and the regional police safety battalion with 55,555 planted trees out of target 95,184 and posting 58.37 percent compliance.

The province of Negros Occidental planted 54,655 trees out of 101,160 and posting 54 percent compliance while the Iloilo City police office planted 14,137 trees out of target 43,776 with 32.29 percent compliance.

Cruz assured the tree planting program will go on in 2013 or until the target trees to be planted will be completed by all police units in the region.

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