COMING SOON: SEE-THROUGH POLICE STATIONS IN METRO

MANILA, December 12, 2003  (STAR)  Old and dilapidated police detachments that have diminished the proud image of Metro Manila’s law enforcers will soon be replaced with the modern and sleek "glass offices" of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

Last Wednesday, MMDA Chairman Bayani boasted that newly-appointed National Capital Regional Police Office (NCRPO) chief Director Ricardo de Leon was so impressed with the agency’s facilities such as the see-through stations that the police general thought they will make good replacements to dingy police detachments.

Fernando said he is looking forward to "assisting the Philippine National Police (PNP) to improve its physical facilities on the road."

Fernando said the MMDA will provide technical assistance to the NCRPO for its new see-through offices once De Leon implements his plan.

"Since our jobs are both on the road, it is also our (duty) to assist each other," Fernando said, adding the "aquarium detachments would help make the police look decent."

The MMDA used the glass aquarium-type of office for its Road Emergency Stations in the metropolis.

The floor-to-ceiling windows of the offices motivate employees to work and discourage them from engaging in illegal activities as well as literally sleeping on the job because they are in full view of the public.

Fernando suggested that the aquarium detachments be placed in strategic and highly-congested areas and under fly-overs.

In a meeting at the MMDA last Wednesday, Fernando said De Leon assured him that the police will support the MMDA in its efforts to restore order and discipline in the streets.

De Leon would make enforcement of MMDA regulations, such as prohibiting illegal vendors to see on the sidewalks, part of the beat patrols’ job, Fernando said. — Nikko Dizon


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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