THE lack of equipment and manpower resources remained to be the top concern of the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) to effectively fight crime, thus, they sought the help of Davao City Peace and Order Council (CPOC) to formulate a resolution to expedite the problem.
Speaking Thursday, February 23, during the regular meeting of the CPOC at a mall in this city, DCPO Director Police Superintendent Michael John Dubria recommended to the council to craft a resolution to be addressed to the Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald dela Rosa to address their plight.
During his presentation, he cited that police stations in Sasa, San Pedro, Paquibato and Buhangin were non-standard and do not have land titles named under the PNP, preventing them from upgrading their facilities.
"Itong San Pedro of course it's in the heart of the city hindi parin standard kasi hindi rin naman pwedeng i-donate siguro yong lote don sa pulis (San Pedro, of course, is in the heart of the city and it’s not yet standard because the lot cannot be donated to the police)," Dubria said.
He was also concerned with the Paquibato Police Station located at a critical area and considered to be vulnerable and weak and easy prey for the New People's Army present in their area of responsibility.
Dubria added there is an apparent shortage of long firearms as they need 1,034 while they only have 349.
The police director also raised the lack of communication systems that need a technical support and pointed out the need to acquire good repeater systems although they have the radio sets.
Davao City already reached 1.7 million and under PNP system, there is a ratio that in every one police personnel, he covers 500 people and stressed that with that, they lack 1,431 personnel.