Police Colonel Byron Tegui-in took over as the new provincial director of the Apayao police office vice Col. Ceasar Tannagan in a simple ceremony presided by Cordillera Regional Director BGen Israel Ephraim Dickson at the Camp Bado Dangwa here on August 6.
Begtang said there must be a good working relation of local chief executives with the police to ensure that programs on peace and order will be placed and implemented with the community as partners as well.
“Magiging mas peaceful pa ang Apayao kapag maganda ang pagsasama at pagtratrabaho ng kapulisan at ng mga local officials, at sana magtuloy tuloy na ito,” Begtang said.
Apayao is the most peaceful province in the Cordillera.
Begtang also gave a marching order to the new police director to give priority to the campaign against illegal drugs and the problem on illegal logging in the province.
“The PNP should prioritize the anti-drug program of the President. Although it is not a rampant problem in the province, there have been reports on illegal drugs entering the province,” she said.
She added that the police should give significance to the environmental laws particularly curbing illegal cutting of trees. Apayao has one of the biggest forest covers in the region, and is known as the “Last Frontier.”
“We need the police to help in making sure that the environment and natural resources of Apayao are taken care of. We must protect the forests from illegal loggers or even hunters,” she added.
Begtang said that the changing of the guard of the Apayao PPO is a welcome development. As a newbie governor, it would be a chance to work hand-in-hand with a provincial director whom she selected. (JDP/RMC- PIA CAR)