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Capitol to upgrade SWAT firearms, praises police café

| by: Lianne Llesol

Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) unit of Cebu will soon have newly-refurbished high caliber guns for their operations all over the province.

According to the memorandum of agreement recently signed by Cebu Governor Hilario P. Davide III and Police Regional Director Supt. Tom Bañas, Capitol will “repair, upgrade and modernize defective firearms of the Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) to improve the fire power capability of the SWAT police.”

“Peace and order is a great factor in the attainment of development. Thus, there is a great need to provide better facilities that would boost the morale of the organization,” expressed Bañas.

CPPO chief Senior Supt. Noel Gillamac revealed that around 120 SWAT personnel deployed to the different Cebu towns and cities will benefit from the firearms repair.

Each repair would cost about P16, 000 and CPPO has already identified 60 defective firearms, he added.

With SWAT team armed with modernized firearms, Gillamac is confident that this development would “further improve the peace and order situation in the Province and enhance investors’ confidence.”

Davide also expressed that the agreement is part of Capitol’s commitment to support the police force.

Lisod kaayo kung ang atong SWAT team sa mga kalungsuran ug mga distrito wala’y armas o di mu-fire (It would be hard for our SWAT team in towns and districts without functional firearms) so this is one way of supporting our policemen,” he said.

Honesty café

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Davide lauded CPPO for coming up with Noy Honesto Coffee Shop which aims to inculcate the virtue of honesty among its personnel.

“This is probably the only police headquarter with Noy Honesto in the country. Congratulations for making the initiative to put this up,” he expressed.

Noy Honesto is a self-service café ran and managed by the CPPO consumers’ cooperative.

It offers coffee, biscuits and various delicacies of Cebu towns like torta from Argao, masi from Liloan and Carcar City’s chicharon, among others.

Breads baked by the inmates of the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center are also offered in the café.

Customers freely get their snacks, leave the payment and take the exact change from the box provided, solely depending on one’s honesty.

Lauding the project, Bañas said it “helps us realize that honesty isn’t simply the best policy. It’s the only way to build a successful organization.”

CPPO officially inaugurated the self-service café with Bañas, Davide and Cebu City Police Office chief Senior Supt. Conrado Capa as guests of honor.

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