‘Smaller area of operation’ for PRO 7 with NIR creation

CEBU. Police Lieutenant Colonel Gerard Ace Pelare.
CEBU. Police Lieutenant Colonel Gerard Ace Pelare. File photo

THE creation of the Negros Island Region (NIR) will be beneficial to Central Visayas as it will result in a smaller area of operation for its police force.

This was bared by Lt. Col. Gerard Ace Pelare, spokesperson of Police Regional Office (PRO) 7, during a Zoom interview on SunStar’s "Beyond the Headlines" on Thursday, June 20, 2024.

Pelare said, though, that they are still “waiting for the order from the headquarters about the consequences of creating the law.”

He added that the new law will probably follow the setup in 2015, where a new regional office will be implemented covering only Negros Island.

He assured the public that there is no need to worry as there are still enough police and non-uniformed personnel left for the PRO 7 when the law is implemented.

“We still have sufficient number of personnel to cater to the peace and security requirements in Cebu and Bohol Islands,” said Pelare.

Negros Oriental currently has 1,808 police personnel and non-uniformed personnel (NUP), while Siquijor has 414.

Pelare said the law would be advantageous for Central Visayas since the police force’s attention would be focused on the remaining area under the jurisdiction of PRO 7.

“In other words, the area of operation will narrow while the number of police units increases,” he said.

The law will also likely help the police force focus more on their campaign against terrorist activities in the region, especially in the province of Bohol, he added.

Republic Act 12000, Negros Island Region Act, was enacted into law by Marcos on June 23, 2024. It created the Negros Island Region, unifying the provinces of Negros Occidental, including Bacolod City, Negros Oriental, and Siquijor.

Pelare also said Thursday that it is still imperative to continue the “coordination” and systematic cooperation in the region. / ARDESHIR ABID MORALES, HOLY NAME UNIVERSITY INTERN

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