BORACAY–Malay acting chief of police Major Don Dicksie de Dios reminded his policemen to stay disciplined as the Philippine National Police continues to push for more reforms.
The mainland Malay and Boracay Island have as of now 362 uniformed personnel ready to secure residents and tourists.
De Dios, who assumed office on February 1, 2021, paid a courtesy call to Malay acting vice mayor Niño Carlos Cawaling and the Sangguniang Bayan members on March 4, 2021, during which he assured them of a stepped-up level of police service with increased visibility at all strategic areas.
“Umasa kayo na gagampanan ko ang aking responsibilidad bilang pinuno ng inyong kapulisan sa Malay [Trust that I will carry out my responsibilities as chief of police of Malay],” De Dios said.
He also called on stakeholders to support law enforcement as they implement community policing programs in Malay, Aklan, for public safety.
To note, De Dios had earlier met with villagers in his recent visits to mainland Malay and three barangays in Boracay Island, aiming to establish closer ties with the local communities.
According to De Dios, an additional 100 personnel will be deployed in Boracay Island in the coming weeks to maintain security and order in the whole of Malay.
Policemen will be trained to improve their investigative capabilities and emergency response and will take part in simulation exercises in anticipation of the influx of tourists.
“Sa kabuuan, ang inyong pulis ay maunawain at maasahan. Umiikot ang ating mga kahalili na mga opisyal kahit sa madaling araw. Kami ay narito upang maglingkod. Hiling ko rin ang inyong suporta at pakikipagtulungan [In general, your police are compassionate and reliable. Our officers conduct patrols even in the early hours of the morning. We are here to serve. I only ask (in return) for your support and cooperation],” he said.
As for his staff, De Dios warned them against any wrongdoing or nefarious activity, saying none of them will be tolerated or condoned in his stint as chief of police.
“Sa mahigit isang buwan natin dito sa Malay, may apat na pulis na ang nadisiplina natin. Seryoso tayo pagdating sa pag-disiplina ng ating kapulisan [In just over a month in Malay, we have already meted disciplinary action against four officers. We are serious about keeping our cops in check],” he stressed. (Boy Ryan Zabal/iNEWS-Aklan/Boracay Bureau)