A 45-day Special Counter-Insurgency Operations Unit Training is being conducted, for the first time in the province, by the Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office, headed by Sr. Supt. Edward Carranza.
The specialized training started yesterday at the former Philippine Constabulary camp in Nagbagang, Sta. Catalina, that was refurbished by the provincial government, after it was attacked and overran by New People’s Army rebels in 1988.
Chief Supt. Marcelo Garbo, director of the Police Region 7, said the training is the first for Negros Oriental and the second for Central Visayas.
In his orders to the trainors, headed by S/Insp. Dexter Calacar, and police officials in the province, Garbo said the 151 police-trainees should not be taken advantage of.
The training should not be turned into business, he said, in response to concerns that in the past, participants in similar trainings were forced to buy from their trainors, aside from their issued supplies, energy drinks, uniforms and the like, at jacked up prices.
Garbo also said that while funds from the PNP headquarters are good for the training of two batches only, the Police Region Office-7 wants to have SCOUT training for eight batches.*JG
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