Saturday, February 13, 2016

K-9 dogs to beef-up security in Ilocos Norte

By Leilanie G. Adriano
Staff reporter

LAOAG CITYTo beef-up the security capabilities in this booming northern gateway of Luzon, authorities here are considering the provision of K-9 dogs to help men in uniform secure the public and general properties.

Sangguniang Panlalawigan member Da Vinci M. Crisostomo, chairperson of the committee on peace and order said a memorandum of agreement between the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) is currently under review at the provincial board on this issue.

Pursuant to RA 7160 or the so-called Local Government Code of the Philippines, the provincial board shall authorize Ilocos Norte Governor Maria Imelda “Imee” R. Marcos on behalf of the provincial government to execute and sign the MOA with the PNP.

Under the proposed MOA, the PGIN shall be responsible for the care and maintenance of the K-9 dogs and handlers, who are members of the PNP. This means that the handlers will be given allowance, too.

Recognizing threats on terrorism and proliferation of illegal drugs trade and the accessibility of Ilocos Norte as a transshipment pointby land, by sea and by air, the K-9 dogs, capable of sniffing bombs and narcotics will help tighten security in the province, said the Ilocos Norte Police Provincial Office led by provincial police director Jose Melencio Nartatez Jr.

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