The certificate of commendation was awarded to Police Major Edgar Tapo, the current Chief of Police of Kiangan municipality, for his leadership exhibited during his stint as chief of the municipal police station in Lamut from 2014 to 2018.
Under his command, the crime volume decreased through the intensified implementation of laws and ordinances and police integrated patrol system to detect and deter the occurrence of any untoward incident.
The municipality recorded a total crime volume of 229 in 2014 but decreased to 44 in 2018. The crime clearance and crime solution efficiency also increased that gained a plaque of recognition from the Police Regional Office – Cordillera.
A total of 237 wanted persons were arrested from 2014 to 2018 with the intensified implementation of the LOI Manhunt Charlie and Oplan Numbahul (wanted) of the Provincial Police Office.
Under his supervision also, drug surrenderers had actively participated in the community-based rehabilitation program of the province through the Ifugao Reflection Camp in Kiangan.
The police official also initiated the speedy processing of the Lamut Municipal Police Station.
"I am unable to find the appropriate words to properly express the immense feeling of gratitude to the members of the PPOC chaired by Governor Pedro Mayam-o and the Lamut Municipal POC chaired by Mayor Mariano Buyagawan, Jr. and to the community for the commendation I have received," Tapo said.
Tapo added that he is truly blessed to have supportive provincial/municipal officials and cooperative community showing their support and cooperation in such a magnificent way.
"I express my appreciation with sincere and profound thank you to all. I really appreciate your confidence in me and I take pride in my work and strive to do the best I can for our beloved province," he stated.
"To my fellow law enforcers, let us continue working with dedication and perseverance to maintain a peaceful and safe province,” said Tapo, a regional awardee of the National Police Commission’s Search for Model PNP families.
PMajor Tapo studied at the Lamut Central School, and San Francisco High School, also in Lamut and graduated the course Bachelor of Criminology at the University of Baguio. He became a Police Lieutenant in 2018 through lateral entry. (JDP/MBL- PIA CAR, Ifugao)
By Marcelo B. Lihgawon