SELF-RELIANCE FOR PROTECTION
MALASIQUI—A police community precinct in Barangay Gatang here that took a little over a year to build strictly from donations of barangay folks will be formally inaugurated next month.
P/Supt. Armando Muena, chief of Malasiqui Police Station (MPS), said the new precinct, with a floor area of 150 sq. meters built in a donated 300 sq.-meter lot, is one precinct that the barangay residents can truly call their own.
Muena said the precinct that cost almost P800,000 was funded not by any congressional fund but from donations of the residents in barangays Gatang, Don Pedro, Lepa, San Julian, Warey, Bakitin, Umando, Palong, Nalsian Norte, Nalsian Sur, Tomling, Goliman, Olea and Waing, with the assistance of the municipality of Malasiqui and the members of the Sangguniang Bayan (SB).
“We also practiced bayanihan to build it, as free labor was provided by the barangay officials and our trainees,” Muena said. ”We only provided free lunch and snacks and that’s it”, he added.
The lot was also donated by resident Luis Cabatbat and Ambing Junio.
Muena said the need for a community precinct in the area arose after a series of robbery, hold-up and cattle rustling incidents were taking place aside from it being used as a convenient escape route of riding-in-tandem criminals. Most of the residents are farmers.
The barangay is a far-flung area that leads to Alcala, Bayambang and other neighboring towns and criminality could not be checked because it didn’t have a police precinct, and the municipal government did not have the funds for it.
In coordination with the barangay officials and assistance of Mayor Armando Domantay Sr., the MPS started the fundraising and the construction was started in September last year.
Six policemen are already assigned to the precinct regularly.
The building is 95% completed and the only remaining pending financial matter is the cost of the installation of power and the monthly payment for the precinct’s electric consumption, and Muena is confident that the SB will work on a budget during its regular session day on November 24. (Hilda Austria)
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