ASSISTANCE DESK. Col. Rhode Espero, Zamboanga del Sur Police Provincial director (second from right), gives instruction over a radio transceiver to all policemen manning the Highway Police Assistance Desks (HIPAD) in the province while Maj. Jerome Pamalaran, police chief of Labangan town (right) listens. Espero established on Wednesday (July 8, 2020) 18 HIPAD to serve as ‘new normal’ security measure in the province. (PNA photo by Leah D. Agonoy)
PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur–The Philippine National Police (PNP) has set up Highway Police Assistance Desks (HIPAD) as a “new normal” crime prevention measure in this province.
A total of 18 HIPAD have been established Wednesday in the different parts of this province, consisting of one component city and 26 municipalities.
Col. Rhode Espero, provincial police director, said Wednesday that these assistance desks “could be utilized as a checkpoint, stop and freeze, among others with purpose on crime prevention like highway robbery”.
Espero said they conceptualized the project long ago, but the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic delayed its implementation as they have to prioritize in helping the local government units in the imposition of health protocols.
Espero said policemen will render 12-hour duty daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in HIPAD. They will focus on the conduct of mobile patrol for the rest of the day.
“We now consider this as part of the ‘new normal’ approach in crime prevention while giving assistance and security for the traveling public,” he said.
He added that other stakeholders are invited to join the HIPAD teams to assist in the maintenance of peace and order in their respective localities.
Meanwhile, Espero and Maj. Jerome Pamalaran, police chief of Lanbangan town, led the launching Wednesday of the HIPAD along the national highway in Barangay New Labangan.
“This crime preventive approach would ensure the safety and security of the community and give timely intervention to any incidents in the area,” Pamalaran said.
Hotline numbers are posted on the signage along the highway where people can easily reach out to the authorities.
Pamalaran said that the public will feel more secure with the establishment of HIPAD along the highways, as they are not discounting the possibility that lawless elements disturbing the tranquility of Labangan, which is a generally peaceful town. (PNA)
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