(Metro News) New police station to rise in Pateros

October 27, 2011 9:52 pm 

MANILA, Oct. 27 — After several years of waiting, the municipality of Pateros finally gets a brand-new police station which the local government said would boost their anti-criminality campaign and preserve their prestige as Metro Manila’s safest haven despite being the only town in the metropolis.

Pateros Mayor Jaime “Joey” Medina and Philippine National Police (PNP) Director Nicanor Bartolome were among the officials present during the groundbreaking of the Pateros Central Police Station on Wednesday. The P8.3-million two-storey station is located at a 600-square meter lot in Barangay Sta. Ana, the biggest barangay (village) in Pateros, donated by the municipal government.

Medina said the police station would further boost the morale of the town’s police force as he recounted that his dream of providing them a modern station started during the time of then PNP Chief Jesus Versoza.

Medina said with the financial side covered by the PNP, the local government would provide the manpower and tools for the construction.

“We will shoulder the rest of the expenses, including manpower,” Medina’s immediate reply to assure that the first central police station funded by the PNP in Metro Manila.

He said that the lot had been the dumping site of garbage of residents in the area but they use the lot in building their dream police station after they have been assured by the PNP of needed funding.

With this, he said, peace and order would further improve in his town for he could now request additional police force for the growing population.

But he said events, particularly last year’s Manila hostage fiasco, led him to temporarily set aside the plan (construction of police station), especially since the PNP leadership was focused on the controversial rescue of the victims.

Aside from being the lone municipality in the National Capital Region (NCR), Pateros is also the smallest in terms of land area (2.10 square kilometers) and population (61,940) but has the highest population density.

It has 10 barangays (Sta. Ana, Aguho, Magtanggol, Martires, Poblacion, San Pedro, San Roque, Sto. Rosario (Kanluran and Silangan) and Tabacalera.

Bartolome lauded the local government for its effort as he urged the town’s residents to help the authorities in its drive against criminality.

“I urge you to be part of crime prevention by giving tips or information to your police force to assure that peace and order in your town remains,” Bartolome said. (PNA) DCT/CLTC

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