Negros Oriental will soon have additional police personnel as the Philippine National Police Regional Office in Central Visayas is set to deploy one platoon to the province next week.
Senior Supt. Edwin Portento, acting police provincial director, yesterday said a platoon from the Regional Public Safety Battalion 7 will be assigned in Negros Oriental to augment the current police force.
The PRO-7 director, Chief Supt. Jose Mario Espino, will turn over the RPSB-7 platoon, comprising of 25 personnel with one officer, during the regular flag-raising activity at the Negros Oriental Police Provincial Office in Agan-an, Sibulan, on Monday.
During his visit, Espino will meet with the police chiefs and other unit heads and personnel of the NORPPO, Portento said, adding a command conference is also set on Monday.
He is also scheduled to lead in the blessing and inauguration of the new police station of Valencia town, about 15-minute drive west of Dumaguete City.
Portento said the assignment of personnel from RPSB-7 has yet to be determined.
The two other RPSB companies previously deployed in Negros Oriental by the defunct PRO-18 (Negros Island Region) are still retained in the province, he added.
This is the first visit of Espino to the NORPPO after the NIR was dissolved, and Negros Oriental was returned to Region 7 and Negros Occidental to Region 6.*JFP/PNA
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