Air police station to rise in IGaCoS

DAVAO CITY (PIA)- An air station of the Philippine National Police will be established in the Island Garden City of Samal.

This will soon be realized as the groundbreaking of the air station was held on Nov. 4 in Sitio Sampao, Barangay Mambago-A . The P37-million police facility includes a hangar which will house the helicopter assigned to the island.

General Camilo Pancratius P. Cascolan, chief of the Philippine National Police and Mayor Al David Uy of IGACOS had entered into a formal usufruct agreement for a one-hectare property. The event was witnessed by Police Brig. General Filmore Escobal, director of the Police Regional Office XI, Major General Arnel Escobal, chief of the Directorate for Integrated Police Operation in Eastern Mindanao, and IGACOS Vice Mayor Richard Guindolman.

Cascolan clarified that the chopper will be used for the administrative function of the PNP Directorate for Integrated Police Operation and not for combat operation or rescue mission.

He said that soon enough there will be one chopper per DIPO or area police command.Cascolan revealed the police will be purchasing combat choppers to help out and assist the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

“The AFP has the lead role in the counter-insurgency while the police only assist in the internal security operation. We assist, we do administrative functions and transport people through the choppers and it makes the job easier and faster,” he said.

Cascolan explained that the DIPOs now will be the PNP’s arm in assisting the AFP in the counter-insurgency operation.

He described the DIPO to handle sixty percent of the revitalized police sa barangay, and air assets, at sea, they will be controlling some waterfronts from the Maritime Group and even from the Special Action Force.

“The DIPOs will be steady in their area, Northern Luzon, Southern Luzon, Visayas, Western Mindanao and Eastern Mindanao. DIPOs are there to monitor and to supervise law enforcement activities ranging from anti-insurgency, counter-terrorism, and anti-criminality,” Cascolan said.

Uy said that the deployment of air assets by the PNP in IGACOs is an added cloak of security for the island.

He said they are happy with the security partnership between the PNP and IGACOS.

Uy cited the security partnership can add protection especially that the contraction of the IGACOS and Davao City-link is forthcoming.

“We are aware that for the past twenty years, the terrorists really entered IGACOS where they failed on their first try but succeeded on the second attempt to abduct people. Definitely the establishment of air assets will help and will make any group to think twice in conducting criminal activities,” he said. (PIA XI-Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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