CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Mayor Oscar "Oca" Rodriguez has ordered newly installed City Police Chief Superintendent Marcelo Dayag to be "very strict" in the enforcement of laws and in ensuring utmost peace, order and security.
Dayag, who replaced Superintendent Benjamin Medina as police chief following a reshuffle made by the Philippine National Police (PNP), made a courtesy call on Monday to the mayor's office. With him are commanders of the Community Police Action Center (Compac).
During the call, Rodriguez stressed the need for the local police to enforce the law at its fullest as well as monitor their own ranks.
"I want you to be very strict in enforcement. You must ensure the security and safety of our citizens as well as instill order in traffic and other aspects of your duties. You must help us preserve that very positive impression achieved by our Oplan Habitat and continue to make the city a role model of a business-friendly environment as investors are have been pouring into the city," Rodriguez told Dayag and his men.
Rodrigues added that he would join the police in its nightly patrols since he often does "incognito" many times.
"I want you to pay particular attention too, to the Sindalan area in terms of traffic management and peace and order. We would soon open the Baliti area to traffic leading to the Himlayang Fernandino cemetery so traffic has to be managed well. In terms of drug abuse prevention, we have a drug council who can help you in enforcement. It is our firm belief that a rehabilitation center is not the solution but rather strict enforcement," said Rodriguez, adding "In any case I have been told you [Dayag] are a strict enforcer having been a police course trainor."
Rodriguez told the police officers that the City Government will extend to them all necessary resources, including the establishment of its city police station.
Rodriguez reminded Dayag to be compassionate in disciplining the police on handling suspects and criminals.
Rodriguez also challenged the city police force to vie for the most outstanding police station this year.