Almost 500 cops from Region 4 or Southern Tagalog will undergo a 45-day training to further enhance their capability in counter-terrorism operations, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said.
PNP Director for Operations Police Director Alex Paul I. Monteagudo said that a total of 472 police officers started their Internal Security Operation Unit Enhancement Training in Police Regional Office 4A in Camp Melencio De Sagun,
Participating in the training are selected personnel from the regional and provincial maneuver forces in Calabarzon composed of 275 from the Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB), 37 from Cavite Provincial Public Safety Company (PPSC), 53 from Laguna PPSC, 55 from Batangas PPSC and 52 from Quezon PPSC.
Monteaguado said that the next 45 days will be a challenge to the participants, but the rigorous training will mold them to become a better officers and law enforcers.
He added that the training also sharpens one's mind, strengthens camaraderie, and builds harmonious relationships with fellow police officers and the community as a whole.
He clarified that the manner of the PNP ISO training is not designed to develop killing machines, but to make the trainees withstand all pressures at extreme conditions.
The PNP official said that the trainees will be trained on how to become physically fit and mentally awake despite time over pressure imposition. The standard set forth for them is aimed to come up with highly disciplined, effective and efficient PNP member.
Also present during the event were PCSupt Vicente Loot, Director of PNP Training Service and PCSupt Jesus Gatchalian, Officer-in-Charge of Police Regional Office 4A.
Last August, the PNP and AFP signed Joint Letter Directive No. 03-2013 placing peace and security operations in the provinces of Laguna, Batangas and Cavite the primary responsibility of the PNP, after these provinces were classified under the law and order problem category and have been cleared of insurgency.
For the past years, the level of communist insurgency in these provinces has decreased, particularly in Batangas where the security situation remains relatively peaceful as the insurgents’ armed capability to launch major tactical offensives has been contained.
Accordingly, peace and security responsibility in these three provinces will now be assumed by the PNP with the Armed Forces of the