The Cebu Provincial Government finally donated 5,000 square meters of property located in Sudlon, Cebu City to the Philippine National Police (PNP).
The lot is home to the two-storey Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) building, which Capitol built in 2009.
Governor Hilario P. Davide III said the donation also includes the building that served as CPPO’s headquarters.
PNP Chief Police Director General Alan La Madrid Purisima received the donation through the signing of the deed of donation last October 7 at the Capitol.
Police Regional Office 7 Director Prudencio Tom Bañas and CPPO Director Senior Superintendent Noel Gillamac were also present during the activity.
Davide thanked the PNP for “sending the province good men in its regional and provincial leadership.”
“Please be assured of our continuing support and commitment to the PNP,” he said.
There are also 13 local government units in Cebu that expressed interest to donate portions of the properties to accommodate the police stations in their localities.
In his acceptance speech, Purisima said, “It has always been a dream of every police station to have a place that it can call its home. Today that dream has become a reality.”
He added that the steadfast support boosts the morale of police station beneficiaries and contributes to their individual confidence and performance.
Bañas also said they were highly motivated and inspired by the support of the provincial and local officials.
He also stated that “Cebu is very unique” in the fight against illegal drugs.
“Ito lang ang probinsyang alam kong nagbibigay ng personal incentives doon sa mga pulis na nagtrabaho (This is the only province I know that gives personal incentives to the police officers who are working) against illegal drugs as well as the support in the subsequent filing of cases,” he said.
Gillamac said the CPPO will be named Camp General Arcadio Maxilom as endorsed by the municipal council of Tuburan and the provincial board of the Cebu.
He also assured the Cebuanos of “more effort and enthusiasm in our task to live up to the expectation and challenges and our motto: To serve and protect.”
The building was constructed for the CPPO in a usufruct agreement. Gillamac requested the governor to transfer the ownership of the lot to the PNP so that they can make improvements.
Last month, the provincial board passed a resolution authorizing the governor to donate the lot to the PNP.