A LOCAL business group is meeting Wednesday, January 25, with the newly-installed officer-in-charge of Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) to discuss their initial concerns, mainly on security, affecting the business operations in the city.

Frank Carbon, chief executive officer of the Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI), on Tuesday said their “informal” meeting with Senior Superintendent Jack Wanky is aimed at further building good relationship with the local police under the latter’s leadership.

Carbon, also the regional governor of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Western Visayas and Negros Island Region, pointed out that peace and order is vital in maintaining a business-enabling environment thus, a collaboration between them and the police is necessary.

“We want to know him first, then probably we will appeal that we sit down together in a formal setting and give him an idea of what we want,” he added.

On January 19, Wanky succeeded Senior Superintendent Flynn Dongbo, who served as acting city director of BCPO for a year.

In today’s meeting, Carbon said they will initially ask the new BCPO chief for more police visibility especially in “critical areas,” including major streets.

The business group will also ask for the BCPO’s crime map as well as the current police-population ratio, Carbon said, adding that they will request for Wanky’s augmentation plan if there is insufficiency.

“We would also want to know how the business sector could help in improving the police operations in the city,” he said.

The business leader further said they recognized the need for Wanky to think, understand the current situation, adjust and draft the plans for the BCPO direction under his command.

“For now, nothing serious yet, let us give the guy like a month. After which, we will talk about business seriously,” Carbon said.