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Police to continue erection of Camp Dangwa fence

Posted by Michille on August 31st, 2006

Police to continue erection of Camp Dangwa fence – Sun.Star Baguio!

DESPITE the clamor to stop the planned putting up of a perimeter fence around the Police Regional Office (PRO) compound, police officials here said Tuesday that they would push through with the project, which intends to provide protection to residents living inside the compound and to the police office as well.

While appreciating the efforts of the Provincial Board (PB) of Benguet in supporting the plight of residents who would be adversely affected by the fencing project, Police Regional Director Raul Gonzales told the PB that they would continue the project, saying that concerned residents were already consulted on the plan.

Residents living within PRO premises earlier asked the PB to persuade the police office to defer the construction of the perimeter fence, saying they were not informed about the project. The province’s legislative body endorsed the petition and asked the PRO to put off the project pending consultations with the affected households.

Gonzales, however, explained to the PB that a series of consultations had been undertaken and that affected households, especially those whose houses were built temporarily, were properly advised on the status of their stay inside the camp.

“The consequences of the fencing and the status of their residency inside the camp, being temporary ones, were discussed and explained to them. They were given advice and guidance for them to make the necessary adjustments,” Gonzales said.

He added that the perimeter fencing of the camp is needed to avoid problems on encroachments from getting worse.

The proposal started in 1998 during the term of then police regional director Enrique Galang but was not completed after his relief.

“We find it appropriate to fence the camp perimeter inasmuch as the Philippine National Police (PNP) leadership and this regional office are concerned with the preservation of military reservations and to prevent more encroachments of the remaining unoccupied portion (of the reservation),” said Gonzales.

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