Oro po­lice seek add’l bud­get for fuel

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Front Page - By Al­wen Salir­ing

A top of­fi­cial of the Ca­gayan de Oro City Po­lice Of­fice (Cocpo) on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 8, said the po­lice’s bud­get for fuel and anti-il­le­gal drug op­er­a­tions is run­ning short even as they re­quested for ad­di­tional al­lo­ca­tion from the city govern­ment.

City po­lice di­rec­tor Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Nel­son Aganon ap­peared dur­ing the city coun­cil’s reg­u­lar ses­sion and asked the lo­cal law­mak­ers to ap­prove their re­quest of some P1.3 mil­lion sup­ple­men­tal bud­get which

was sub­mit­ted last July. Aganon also pre­sented be­fore the city’s leg­isla­tive body the Cocpo’s ac­com­plish­ments and con­tin­u­ous ef­forts in re­duc­ing crime vol­ume in the city.

He said the bud­get al­lo­ca­tion from the city govern­ment has run short for the third quar­ter of this year due to the in­creas­ing num­ber of anti-il­le­gal drug op­er­a­tions and check­point op­er­a­tions, among oth­ers.

“Lu­malaki kasi ang at­ing op­er­a­tion (Our op­er­a­tions are grow­ing). Pre­vi­ously nasa (we have) 7,000 check­point op­er­a­tions lang tayo karon doble nasa (and now it is more than dou­bled to) 16,000 plus,”Aganon said.

“Ang nang­yari na-short tayo sa 3rd quar­ter kaya tayo nag re­quest ng sup­ple­men­tal bud­get para matawid natin ang end of the year (What hap­pened was we are short for the 3rd quar­ter that is why we are ask­ing the city govern­ment for ad­di­tional bud­get so we can make it un­til the end of this year),”he added.

The city’s top cop said var­i­ous po­lice op­er­a­tions are ex­pected to in­crease in the com­ing days be­cause of yule­tide sea­son and ac­tiv­i­ties for midterm elec­tions.

Aganon said the city po­lice is tight­en­ing its belt as the need for fuel al­lo­ca­tion and anti-il­le­gal drug op­er­a­tion is in­creas­ing.

“Ku­lang ta­laga bud­get for anti-drug op­er­a­tion kaya me­dyo tini­tipid natin ang bud­get para maka-com­ply tayo sa re­quired op­er­a­tion with the sup­port of the city govern­ment,”Aganon said.

On the other hand, the city coun­cil’s com­mit­tee on ap­pro­pri­a­tions has vowed to pri­or­i­tize the po­lice’s re­quest.

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