Bohol kicked off Thursday the regional celebration of the crime prevention week with a program at the Bohol Cultural Center
The celebration was touted as a thanksgiving to the numerous achievements of the security forces especially in keeping the peace in Bohol.
Gov. Edgar Chatto thanked the police and the military for their valuable contribution to the upkeep of the peace and order situation in the province.
The governor underscored vigilance of the community and values in the family as key to a unified approach to prevent and resolve disturbances to peace.
The program culminated with the unfurling of banner from different government agencies and simultaneous blowing of whistle.
The blowing of the whistle symbolized the alertness and the community involvement in crime solution.
Bohol’s purok power movement has been cited again as a potent weapon against terrorism and in the drug war.
Community involvement was key in neutralizing the terror threats caused by the incursion of Abu Sayyaf Group members back in April.
Meanwhile, several police officers were given commendation for their brave stand in neutralizing the Abu Sayyaf Group threat that terrorized Bohol back in April.
Among given commendations from the National Police Commission were PSupt. Lorenzo Batuan; PSupt. Rene Kyamko; PSInsp. Caesar Acompañado; PSInsp. Jojit Mananquil; SPO1 Justeofino Himlayagan; PO3 Allain Randy Liba; PO3 Enrico Tayactac; PO2 Jose Felisisimo Rebosura; PO2 Teogenes Dumanayos ; PO2 Edwin Gudito; PO2 Albert Faustino; PO2 Archemoore Ceniza;PO2 Ronald Hingpit; PO2 Junald Jungco; PO2 Marlou Ampoloquio;PO1 Marjun Autentico; SPO4 Tito Tradio and PO2 Brynil Niones.
Commendations were also given to PO1 Aldrin Palaca, PO2 Ricardo Cerio Jr. , PO2 Ronald Calabria, and PO2 Janew Villame for their involvement in the Community and Service Oriented Policing System.
A post-humous commendation was also awarded to PO2 Rey Anthony Nazareno who offered his life in the performance of his duty during the Inabanga siege.
His parents accepted his award and letter of adjudication as well as financial assistance from the BPPO.
Also present during the regional launch were Acting Vice Gov. Benjie Arcamo, SP chair for committee on peace and security Board Member Ricky Masamayor, Board Member Abel Damalerio, Tagbilaran City Mayor Baba Yap, AFP 302nd Brigade Gen. Arnulfo Matanguihan, 47th IB Col. Joel Malig, and the Provincial DILG.(with reports from Leah Marchil Sumampong)