DAVAO CITY, July 13 (PIA) – The Regional Peace and Order Council in Davao Region has approved to make a resolution supporting the proposal for the establishment of Border Control Points (BCPs) to strengthen more the security measures in the whole region.
Regional Director P/CSupt. Manuel R. Gaerlan of the Philippine National Police (PNP-11) presented the proposal during Wednesday’s (July 12) second quarter meeting of RPOC-11 which is composed of local chief executives of the local government units, regional directors of the national government agencies and officials of the PNP and Armed Forces of the Philippines.
Gaerlan explained that “BCPs are measures undertaken by a country to monitor and regulate its borders, and to control the movement of people, animals and goods into as well as out of the country.”
For Davao Region, he said the BCPs could be adopted on a lesser scale and magnitude, and would be established in boundaries connecting the provinces, municipalities, cities and even boundaries with other regions such as Regions 10, 12 and 13.
The establishment of BCPs aims to secure the people of Davao Region, prevent movement of terrorists, criminal elements and wanted persons, as well as to control the movement of undocumented motor vehicles, firearms, explosives, IED components, illegal drugs/chemicals and other contrabands.
The Police official further explained that the BCPs would serve as conglomeration of different law enforcement agencies, local government units, some national government agencies including the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and tourism offices.
The other components of BCPs would include pedestrian screening area, vehicle screening areas with x-ray machines/metal detectors and K-9 units, anti-narcotics devices/detectors and other security and safety law enforcement components.
“So that there will be one area where different law enforcement agencies and LGUs could inspect people for their identities, to monitor movements of contrabands, to check movements of unauthorized vehicles,” he told members of the media in an interview.
He added that the establishment of BCPs would only be successful with the support of the LGUs by passing an ordinance and by allocating lands and budgets.
“This is a whole government approach in solving problems on terrorism, criminality and illegal drugs,” Gaerlan stated, as he assured that “it would not infringe on the privacy of persons but it would enhance their protection and security.”
Mgen. Benito At De Leon, head of the Davao City Public Safety and Security Command Center, disclosed during the RPOC-11 meeting that Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has approved in principle the establishment of existing checkpoints into BCPs which would become concrete, permanent and modernized to make checkpoints more effective.
He said that it would entail about PhP5 million budget for the construction of a BCP.
Gaerlan, who is also vice-chair of RPOC-11, is hoping that the Council would move for the endorsement of BCP proposal to the National Peace and Order Council. (PIA-11/Carina L. Cayon)