Carmelita Bersolana, chairperson of the Provincial Advisory Council(PAC) of the Abra Police Provincial Office, said the police should implement the full force of the law in apprehending vehicles especially the public transport tricycles that are emitting black and odorous smoke that pollutes the air.
During the joint meeting of the PAC and the Regional Advisory Council of Police Regional Office (RAC - PROCOR) here on Friday, Bersalona cited the smog along the main streets which she observed during the rush hour in the morning. School children are the most affected by the bad smoke being discharged by the tricycles, she said.
Abra police provincial director Police Colonel Alfredo Dangani said they have been implementing environmental laws, but will be firm in going after smoke-belching vehicles.
Bersalona urged the PAC and the police to plant more bamboos that may contribute in enhancing air quality aside from being a source of food and an alternate raw material for wood furniture.
She also asked the police to be aggressive in going after those who are illegally cutting trees especially narra and other hard wood.
The police advisory councils which are established from the national down to the municipal level, serve as advisory body of the PNP in the implementation of PNP PATROL(Peace and Order Agenda for Transformation and Upholding of the Rule of Law) Plan 2030.
Composed of professionals, businessmen, media, religious, and youth, it provides external perspectives on issues and concerns in the police force and boosts the relationship between the community and the police. It is part of the continuous transformation strategy for the PNP to achieve its goal to become capable, effective, and credible police office. (JDP/JBZ- PIA-CAR)
By Joseph B. Zambrano