CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Congressman Aurelio Gonzales during his courtesy visit here on Monday asked the police head to “be compassionate” while being strict in implementing the rule of law.

While Mayor Oscar Rodriguez said that Police Senior Superintendent Marcelo Dayag should be very strict in the enforcement of laws and in ensuring utmost peace, order and security in the city, Gonzales stressed the need for the local police to be compassionate to be able to relate to the needs of the public.

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“Being strict is good, but it should be coupled with a sense of compassion. This will help our local police to resort to diplomacy and would be able to relate well with the community that they are protecting,” the congressman said.

Dayag, for his part, expressed willingness to work closely with the “endeavors” of political and civic leaders of the city. 

Gonzales encouraged the local police to be more focused in generating public awareness and appreciation of the police service.

“The goal to move our city forward will be a lot easier to achieve if the police and the private sector will have a harmonious partnership,” he said.

 

Gonzales also expressed his concern in the upcoming May 2010 elections and urged Dayag to work well in making the coming elections peaceful.

 

The congressman was optimistic that Dayag will work closely with Rodriguez in implementing the policies and laws of the city for the betterment of the peace and order situation here.

 

Dayag, who replaced Superintendent Benjamin Medina as police chief, was the former chief of police of Guagua town. (IOF)