A MUCH quicker response-time on security complaints is to be expected within Davao City with the 24-hour deployment of newly donated Montero Mitsubishi police patrol cars, which will be linked to Central 911.
"This will mean faster response. Any person won't need to call the nearest police station to seek for a patrol car, because these patrol cars will station in all the corners of Davao city, and you only have to call 911 for the patrol car to come," Davao City Police Office (DCPO) City Director Alexander Tagum said.
As early as 8 a.m. Monday, January 22, the DCPO paraded the new Montero police cars along San Pedro square to mark its first day of deployment.
Tagum said the 24 patrol cars will be deployed in all strategic commercial and convergence areas in Davao City.
These strategic areas include the commercial establishments, where people usually gather like Southern Philippines Medical Center, SM Lanang, Uyanguren, and city hall area.
Tagum added they will do their best to meet expectations of Mayor Sara Z. Duterte-Carpio, who is very supportive to the DCPO.
He said the City provided 72 drivers for 24 mobile patrol cars who will render service in three shifts, eight hours per day.
Duterte-Carpio, in a separate interview, confirmed the drivers will be under minimum wage.
The City Government will also shoulder the gasoline for the vehicles.
Meanwhile, Tagum added that the Montero patrol cars are under the Expanded Mobile Patrol Group, which will be monitored by Central 911 through Global Positioning System.
These patrols were donated by the Japanese Government through the Japan International Cooperation Agency to the City Government of Davao.