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Three days before the election, PRO6 shows force and resources during the Send-Off Ceremony held at the parade ground inside Camp Delgado. The send-off ceremony was attended by augmentation personnel with a total 2,984. The augmentation is composed of personnel who were recalled from schoolings/trainings and the Regional Support Units. Overall, a total of 8,511 personnel will render election duties in 3,571 voting centers.
 
During the send-off ceremony this morning, personnel were reminded not to be complacent and should not underestimate the barangay election because with relatives and neighbor’s competing with each other, it makes it more personal and more intense, stressed PSSUPT Remus Canieso, the regional chief directorial staff of PRO6 in his welcome remarks. “The essential mission of the PNP is to provide security to ensure the safe, credible and honest conduct of the Barangay and SK elections in our region.” PSSUPT Canieso added.
 
Chief Supt. Cesar Hawthorne Binag underscored in his message that election duty is an opportunity to render service for country and people. This is the chance to show competence, professionalism and dedication as snappiest and best men and women of the PNP. Binag also reminded the troops to do what is right. “As a policeman, we should always remain neutral as we discharge our duties and responsibilities for Barangay and SK election, respect human rights at all times and strictly follow our police operational procedures in this kind of operation. “Tayo na para sa kapayapan at kaunlaran para sa kinabukasan”, said General Binag,
 
Along with the send-off, Police Chief Superintendent Cesar Hawthorne R Binag, Regional Director of Police Regional Office 6 (PRO6) is distributing new wheels for the use of its city and municipal police stations in the region. Out of 929 units in Camp Crame, Quezon City, 30 units of the vehicle were delivered to PRO6. The 30 patrol jeeps will be distributed to the different province and cities: 1 for RHQ; 2 for Iloilo PPO; 2 for Iloilo CPO; 3 for Guimaras PPO and Negros Occidental PPO; 4 for Antique PPO and Capiz PPO; 5 for Bacolod CPO and 6 for Aklan PPO. The additional patrol vehicles will immensely improve the PNP move capability and a part of the Capability Enhancement Program (CEP) of the Philippine National Police, which is geared towards the 10 Year Modernization Program.
 
The personnel along with the resources are expected to render duty starting today and will remain or until their services are terminated by their respective election supervisors. PRO6 appeals to the public to cooperate in and abide with the guidelines implemented during election period and be part of the safe, secure, honest and fair elections.
 

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PRO6 1st RD swim for a cause has been successfully achieved today. The first ever in the history of PRO6 to have gathered the most number of swimming enthusiasts from Panay, Negros, and Guimaras in an open water swimming challenge. Also the first ever RD with a rank of Police Chief Superintendent, conquered Iloilo-Guimaras Strait.
 
The members of the region’s police force and civilian participants assembled at the port of Iloilo City at 5 AM. The activity started at 6. Swimmers have swum with an approximately 2.5 Km distance from Fort San Pedro, Iloilo City port to RoRo Wharf, Brgy. Hoskyn, Jordan, Guimaras Island.
 
The region’s top cop, Chief Supt. Cesar Hawthorne Binag led the Iloilo-Guimaras swimming challenge. A total of 40 participants from different provinces and cities of Western Visayas joined in the swim for a cause. 14 were PNP personnel, 27 civilians and 6 of them are females. The youngest swimmers are 13 years old. Each swimmer wore their proper swimming gears.
 
Swim for a cause is purposely not only just for fundraising in which to generate supplementary financial assistance to PNP personnel who were wounded and killed in the line of duty. It will also promote tourism of Guimaras and Iloilo and help to raise the awareness of the public on the effects of climate change wherein everyone has the responsibility in the preservation and protection of Mother Nature particularly the bodies of water surrounding Guimaras and Panay Island.
 
The activity would benefit not only the PNP but the people of Western Visayas as a whole. As it also aims to identify swimmers who are willing to be part of the volunteers and can be tapped as force multipliers for search and rescue and retrieval operations during emergency situations in our region.
 
The 1st Rd Swim for a Cause is not a competition, but the goal is to reach the destination. All swimmers have successfully served its purpose to reach the Jordan Roro Wharf without any untoward incidents.
 

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PCSupt Cesar Hawthorne R. Binag will lead the other 30 swimmers coming from the different provinces and cities on the 1st RD, PRO6 Swim for a Cause on May 7. The activity is organized by the Regional Advisory Council for Police Transformation and Development 6 (RACPTD6). Aside from raising awareness on the effects of climate change and promote tourism of Guimaras and Iloilo, the activity also aims to identify swimmers who will be part of the volunteers for search and rescue operations during emergency situations and to raise funds for the benefit of the PNP personnel who were killed or wounded in action.
 
The RCAPTD6 has been a partner of PRO6 in raising funds for the benefits of the PNP personnel who were wounded and killed in action. Proof of which is the financial assistance they provided to the personnel who were killed and wounded in Maasin ambush and also to the wounded personnel of Sibalom MPS. The assistance was from the funds raised in the Dalagan para sa Kapulisan and the God Bless our Cops concert.
 
An activity with a very noble cause, PRO6 promotes the activity and appeals for support from the public. Assembly time on May 7 is 5 o’clock in the morning and the swimming will begin at 6 o’clock.
 

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The start of the campaign period was peaceful with no election related incident recorded for the day. PRO6, despite the generally peaceful start of the campaign will implement “stricter” security measures to prevent election related incidents. Police Regional Office 6, since the start of the election period has implemented the security plan in preparation of the BSKE 2018. Based on the data of Regional Election Monitoring Action Center based in Camp Delgado, as of 3:00 p.m. of May 4, a total of 54 persons were arrested for violation of gun ban since the election period began. Along with the arrests are 38 confiscated firearms and 17 bladed weapons. In addition, a total of 27 firearms were surrendered to PRO6.
 
Despite PRO6’s effort in the dissemination of the prohibitions during the election period such as carrying of firearm and other deadly weapons, there are still apprehensions daily. As the election nears, PRO6 will intensify police operations such as conduct of checkpoint and implementation of OPLAN Bakal and OPLAN Sita to preventelection related incidents with the use of firearms and other deadly weapons.
 
PRO6 reminds the public to abide by guidelines set for the election period and report to them any violation in order to achieve the safe and fair elections.
 
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One week after the closure, Boracay island remains peaceful. PRO6 together with the LGU and other National Government agencies has managed the transition smoothly.There was an efficient system and procedure on one entry one exit policy for passengers and cargo. No tourist and no swimming policy were properly implemented. The confidence level of the stakeholders was maintained, thus the rehabilitation activities took place as scheduled and for the week no election related incident was recorded for the period.
 
Generally the island remained peaceful despite threats from left oriented groups to forge alliance with the sectors affected by the closure to join mass actions. 8 Focused crimes of BTAC is minimal with a total of 4 cases for the period April 26 to May 3.
 
PRO6 focused on engagement of stakeholders with a total of 547 members of different sectors reached for the period April 27 to May 1. Security assistance was also provided to government agencies with 1,880 manhours spent from the start of the closure. The MBPTF Information and Action Center have been very active by catering 58 queries referred to other government agencies, hosted 15 inter-agency meetings, 37 requests for security assistance were received and acted upon and 89 walk-in clients entertained from the start of the closure. 
 
PRO6, with all the services being provided, assures that security deployment will be sustained although the closure and rehab. PRO6 also appeals for the continued support and understanding of the public in order for the implementation of the rehab activities to be swift, peaceful and orderly.
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