DCPO, Task Force receive new vehicles

THE CITY government turned over new vehicles to the Davao City Police Office, Task Force Davao, and Central 911 in a brief ceremony held Monday afternoon.

Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte turned over one brand new Tata utility vehicle for each of the police precincts under the DCPO.

The Task Force Davao, the city’s special anti-terrorism unit, received one Tata vehicle and two XR125 motorcycles. The mobile patrol group received two Tata utility vehicles.

Central 911, meanwhile, received two K-9 unit vehicles as well as its first pediatric ambulance.

According to city police director, Sr. Supt. Vicente Danao, Jr., the vehicles would help reduce the use of patrol units for mere administrative tasks like the transmission of documents. The patrol vehicles would then focus on law enforcement.

The vehicles can also be used for disaster response.

Danao instructed the police chiefs at the ceremony held along Magallanes Street that the vehicles should be made available immediately for admin and disaster-response tasks.

The pediatric ambulance is equipped with medicine and other tools for responding to emergency pediatric cases.

Sr. Insp. Glyn Salubo, chief of the DCPO community relations office, said in an interview Monday morning that the barangays rely on their trained barangay peace and order unit for initial response to disasters like floods.

While not giving an exact figure for the average response time, Salubo said the first responders vary from minutes to hours on areas in Paquibato not accessible to vehicles.

“In some areas, we have to walk for six hours,” Salubo said.

Nestor Jimenez, Bureau of Fire Protection Region-XI, chief told reporters that the standard response time for fires is seven minutes.

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