Mandaue City now has 8K force multipliers — MCPO chief
MANDAUE CITY, Cebu, Philippines — Mandaue City now has an estimated 8,000 force multipliers or volunteers to help keep the peace and order in the city.
Police Colonel Jonathan Abella, Mandaue City Police Office chief, said that these force multipliers came from different sectors of the community such as the LGBTQ+, Muslims, teachers, and students, among others.
“Mao nay mga support groups nato. Mutabang nato sa pagassist sa peace and order, tapos pag identify sa mga possible threat sa mga NPAs diri sa ato’ng area. In case naay mga ingun ana, ma tap dayun nato sila. Mas kuan (better) kay naa sila sa barangay, naa sa schools, naa sa trabahuan,” said Abella.
(That is our support groups. They will assist us in maintaining peace and order, then identify possible threats of the NPAs in the area. In case there is such a situation, we can then tap them. That is a better option because they are in the barangays, schools or the workplace.)
Abella said this as at least 100 of these volunteers were sworn in as force multipliers in an activity led by Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes today, May 27, at the Subangdaku Barangay Gymnasium.
Abella said aside from the 100 force multiplier,. who attended physically, there were others who attended via zoom meeting.
Mayor Cortes, for his part, said he was happy and thankful to the volunteers who really showed their support to help police in suppressing crimes, illegal drugs, and addressing peace and order issues in their communities and hoping others would be attracted to do the same.
“Kuwang gyud kaayo (ang personnel sa MCPO) maong nalipay ta nga naay mga concerned citizens nga willing mo volunteer. Para nako dalaygon ang gibuhat sa maong mga kapunungan nga niabag, nihatag og ayuda sa mga kapulisan,” said Cortes.
(We really lack MCPO personnel. So I am happy that there are concerned citizens who are willing to volunteer. For me, the action of these groups, who assisted and supported the police, are something to be proud of.)
The ceremony was also spearheaded by all police station heads and some police personnel, barangay tanods, among others.
Abella said the swearing in of the force multipliers was in line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s proclamation of Executive Order No. 70 last December 28, 2019, institutionalizing the “Whole-of-Nation Approach” in attaining inclusive and sustainable peace, creating a national task force to end local communist armed conflict (ELCAC).
He also encourage those who would still want to be force multipliers to join groups and have themselves registered there.
“(Sa mga ganahan ma member) they have to be sa mga groups pananglitan sa kabataan, maestra adto sila magparegister,” Abella added.
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