66 rookie cops to pioneer SAF training – Albayalde

Marje Pelayo   •   May 18, 2018   •   4640

Members of PNPA Maragtas Class of 2018

 

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Sixty-six members of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) Maragtas Class of 2018 will form the first batch of rookie cops to undergo the PNP Special Action Force (SAF) training.

This is in line with PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde’s directive to upgrade the skills of new police graduates prior to deployment to their official assignments.

Aside from six months commando training, the group will also undergo 20-day Patrol Officer Basic Course and 45-day Investigation Operation Course.

Among them is class valedictorian Police Inspector Fritz Salvador.

“Gustong gusto ko po talaga na mag-undergo ng commando course and eventually maging SAF trooper so di na rin ako nabigla ng i-announce ni PDG Oscar Albayalde na ganun po ang magiging program sa class namin. I’m happy,” said Salvador.

(I really wanted to undergo a commando course and eventually become a SAF trooper. So I wasn’t really surprised anymore when PDG Oscar Albayalde  announced that our class will indeed go have that program.)

As always, the PNP Chief advised the newbie cops to uphold with highest priority discipline and good values to be deserving protectors of the people.

“Our highest priority is the protection of human rights. This should be reflected in every aspect of police conduct. Even in confrontational or private situations we should use all reasonable means to prevent injury or harm to everyone,” Albayalde concluded. — Lea Ylagan / Marje Pelayo

 

PNPA implements lockdown; suspends visitation privileges of cadets

Maris Federez   •   February 5, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) has implemented a lockdown and temporarily suspended the visitation rights of cadets in its campus at Camp Gen. Mariano Castañeda, in Silang, Cavite.

The lockdown and suspension of visitation for cadets which took effect on Tuesday (Feb. 4) are part of the academy’s precautionary measures against the 2019 novel coronavirus acute respiratory disease (2019-nCoV ARD).

In a statement released by the Philippine National Police (PNP), PNP director PBGen. Chiquito Malayo issued the directive that bans the parents, relatives, and friends from visiting the cadets while the 2019-nCoV is still not contained.

Malayo also ordered the PNPA personnel to wear face masks and to always have their temperature checked before entering the camp.

The PNPA, is the Philippine public safety school of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) and the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), providing tertiary level education to the cadets of the three (3) services of the Department of Interior and Local Government. — (with details from Lea Ylagan) /mbmf

105 CBRNE-trained police officers ready to be deployed upon DOH request —PNP

Maris Federez   •   February 3, 2020

MANILA, Philippines— The Philippine National Police (PNP) confirmed that it has manpower ready to respond in case the Department of Health requests for support in addressing any related 2019-nCoV concerns.

PNP chief PGen. Archie Gamboa said his men are ready to help in the contact tracing of people who may have been in contact with patients who tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

These police officers have undergone training on Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High Yield Explosives (CBRNE).

They belong to the Special Action Force (SAF), the Health Service, the Crime Laboratory, and the Explosives and Ordnance Division-K9 Unit of the PNP.

Gamboa said these men are used to being installed in the frontline in case the DOH requests for their help in placing suspected nCoV patients in quarantine.

“Tutulong ang PNP but we are just presenting na merong kaming ganitong pwersa whom they can use.  Hindi naman talaga ito pang may sakit. This is for chemical warfare but equally they are protected so they can be used. Inilalatag lang namin na meron kaming capability na ganito and ready to be deployed at anytime,” Gamboa said.

Gamboa added that these men have the necessary equipment such as the Hazzard Material (Hazmat) suit.

The PNP chief also directed the directors of the national support unit, regional directors, and unit commanders to see to it that each PNP office is provided alcohol, that every personnel has acquired the habit of frequent hand-washing and proper hygiene.

“Imagine a face mask would only last for 8 hours. Eh kung lahat ng pulis pagamitin natin, that’s 205,000 and that’s everyday so you can imagine the cost of it. We are also in touch on the available resources we have kaya ang directive ko only when it is necessary, especially yung pag nasa places of convergence”, Gamboa said.

The PNP is also mulling over the possibility of implementing a lockdown of the training facilities, including the PNPA, NPTI, and the regional training service to ensure the safety and protection of the cadets and trainees.

Gamboa also directed the CIDG and the local police to help the Department of Trade and Industry and the local government units in monitoring the prices and suspected hoarding of face masks. —(from the report of Lea Ylagan) /mbmf

50 plain-clothes cops to be deployed during Maguindanao Massacre case promulgation

Maris Federez   •   December 10, 2019

MANILA, Philippines— The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) will deploy 50 police officers in civilian clothes to ensure security during the promulgation of the Maguindanao Massacre case on December 19, 2019.

This is apart from the more than the 200 Special Action Force (SAF) troopers and the Civil Disturbance Management Unit that have been initially tasked by the NCRPO to guard the security in the Metropolis.

According to NCRPO acting director PBGen. Debold Sinas, they will implement a lockdown inside the Camp Bagong Diwa-Taguig so that no untoward incident will slip through them during the promulgation.

 “They already approved na mag lock down kami ibig sabihin yung ibang jail na nandoon di ba 6 jails ang nandoon pero lahat sila hindi na mag aaccept ng bisita on the 18th and the 19th,” Sinas said.

He added that they will not let any protest rallies be staged inside and outside the camp as this will stall traffic flow.

Sinas also assured that the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) will strictly guard the security of Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes, as well as, the prosecutors.

“Ngayon pa lang sini secure na natin ang judge. After the promulgation continue pa rin yung security natin sa kanya until such time na she will feel normal. Including yung prosecutor,” he added.

To date, authorities have yet to receive any threat against Reyes, the prosecutors, and even in the venue where the promulgation will take place. (from the report of Lea Ylagan) /mbmf

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