Police to establish anti-hijacking checkpoints-A A +A
Thursday, February 27, 2014
CAMP OLIVAS -- The Police Regional Office-3 (PRO3) will establish a total of 142 PNP anti-hijacking checkpoints in all trucking routes in Central Luzon.
During the Anti-Hijacking Summit held at the Multi-Purpose hall here on Wednesday, PRO3 director Chief Superintendent Raul Petrasanta said that the PNP anti-hijacking checkpoints will be established in all trucking routes and from end to end of the region.
"We will revive the issuance of pass cards to all cargo truck drivers plying in different routes and national highways in the region," said Petrasanta.
The Anti-Hijacking Summit was called by PRO3 following of series of hijacking incidents in the past months.
Personnel from the Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB) headed by Superintendent Sidney Villaflor and Regional Highway Patrol Unit-3 (RHPU) headed by Superintendent Ferdinand Villanueva will man the checkpoints 24/7, said Petrasanta.
According to a report of RHPU, Pampanga recorded the most number of hijacking incidents from seven in 2012, increasing in 2013 to 32.
During the summit, a dialogue between the owners and drivers of cargo trucks in Central Luzon was conducted, where they were able to share their experiences about hijacking, their insights and suggestions on the betterment of the plan, said Superintendent Nelson Aganon, chief of the Regional Public Information Office-3.
Aganon said there were at least 969 companies engaged in the trucking and hauling business in Central Luzon.
He said that all the provincial and city police directors and their deputy for operations attended the summit.
"With our Anti-hijacking Summit, I am hopeful that as our partners, you will continue to work hand in hand with us in maintaining peace and order in Central Luzon and that this activity will serve as a deterrent in preventing and fighting crime particularly the series of hijacking that has been taking place in the region," Petrasanta said.
Compact discs containing all information regarding the Anti-Hijacking Summit with emphasis on the reporting system and mechanics through "Ireport Mo sa Pulis" Hotline 0999-9983000, were provided to the participants. (Ric Sapnu)
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on February 28, 2014.