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Gov Lacson: Unity between LGUs, police, residents key to defeating COVID-19

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Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson has lauded the cooperation between the local government units (LGUs), the police, and residents in the province’s continuing fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

“If we are to overcome Covid-19, there has to be a synergy between the LGU, Philippine National Police, and the community,” Lacson said in his message during the awarding ceremony of the 1st Shoot for Peace held at Camp Alfredo M. Montelibano Sr. here on Monday.

The event was organized by the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOCPPO) headed by Col. Romy Palgue to raise funds for police personnel infected with Covid-19.

In the middle of October, the NOCPPO recorded a total of 26 confirmed cases, including two police station chiefs while at least 14 have initially recovered.

“I hope this event, aside from being an avenue to showcase your expertise, was able to refresh and further develop your proficiency in gun handling and accuracy. More than that, please accept my gratitude, for this activity was an instrument for a worthy undertaking,” the governor said.

He said that a lot of things were achieved by the activity as it helped Negrense policemen who contracted the virus and commemorated the province’s Peace Month at the same time.

Lacson thanked the civilian gun enthusiasts, who as kind-hearted individuals and concerned citizens, supported the government efforts to address the adverse effects of the health crisis.

Moreover, the governor cited the Negrense police personnel for their selfless and courageous service as they “carry the critical role of being the central element in preserving law and order, and in ensuring public safety.

He said that as the pandemic requires the need for police visibility in all towns and cities, he earnestly hopes that their presence in the community will create heightened trust and connection to the people.

“I am confident that together, we can make Negros Occidental a place where peace and order are upheld, and a place safe from all sorts of threat, may it be an unseen enemy like the virus or otherwise,” Lacson said.

Meanwhile, the 1st Shoot for Peace team champions were Victorias City Police Station, La Castellana Municipal Police Station, and Regional Mobile Force Battalion-Western Visayas while Patrolman Nico Fernandez ranked first in the individual overall production. (PNA)