BACOLOR -- Mayor Jose Maria “Jomar” Hizon has ordered for the immediate construction of a police outpost along the approach of the megadike, which is now being used as an access route.
Hizon issued the order in a bid to deter criminal elements who reportedly used the dike as dumping ground for "salvage victims".
According to Hizon, the outpost will serve as a monitoring office where policemen could watch over the Bacolor section of said road.
The mayor said the facility is currently being rushed to enable the Municipal Government to implement police presence in the area. Hizon said he will spend around P600,000 of his personal funds to complete the project.
“We are very much concerned with the safety of motorists here. Our first option was to light the entire stretch of the Bacolor section but that would entail thousands of pesos in cost. The police outpost here is the best approach to safeguard the area,” Hizon said.
He added that the town police will also be tasked to help in maintaining the flow of traffic and provide assistance in case of accidents.
Hizon, however, said Bacolor police could only monitor the portion of the road within its territorial jurisdiction.
The mayor meanwhile called on the local governments of Porac and the City of San Fernando to establish similar facilities in their respective areas.
It could be remembered that at least four alleged victims of summary executions were dumped in the area last year.
The said road, which was constructed by the Department of Public Works and Highways serves as an alternate road of motorists.(Ian Ocampo Flora)