The deployment of the group is to make the community safe, orderly and secured especially against insurgency, said Police Regional Director Agrimero Cruz Jr., who was in Capiz on October 11 to welcome 72 members of the PNP’s SAF at the Manhoy, Dao, Capiz headquarters.
Cruz said he requested for such SAF deployment in the province because of reports on the rebel movements and activities including the harassments in the community which he said, the PNP will not allow to happen.
He said SAF’s operation will not only be in Capiz but also in the boundaries of the neighboring provinces such as Iloilo, Aklan and Antique.
“The stay of the SAF in Capiz will be assessed based on the peace and order situation here and if everything could already be handled by the local police, the troop will be deployed in areas that needed them in terms of addressing peace and order situation,” Cruz said.
On the other hand, Capiz Governor Victor Tanco, who also welcomed the SAF troop, pledged an all-out support from local officials in the entire province from the provincial, municipal and barangay levels, for a common effort of ensuring secured, safe and orderly community.
The presence of additional government forces will preserve and improve the peace and order situation in Capiz, Tanco said.
He said the delivery of services is impossible without peace, hence peace and development must go hand-in-hand.
Capiz is an area given the opportunity to host the SAF, which is considered as an elite group of the PNP, Tanco said.
Aside from Cruz and Tanco, 61st Infantry Battalion Commander Christopher Sab-it of the Philippine Army, Dao town Mayor Joselito Escutin and Capiz Police Provincial Director Domingo Cabillan likewise welcomed the SAF troop. (JCM/JBG-PIA6 Capiz)