THE Philippine National Police in Region 1 has cited the town of Caba, La Union, for donating a three-storey building for the use of the local municipal police force.
The ‘Type B/C’ police station costing some P5 million was inaugurated last February 6, 2019, attended by regional and provincial police officials and the town’s local government unit headed by Mayor Philip Cesar Crispino.
The new police station sits on a 400 sqm. lot, which was also donated by the municipality along Estalilla Street. It is now the “tallest building” in the town’s burgeoning landscape.
PSSupt Flynn E. Dongbo, PNP Asst. Deputy Regional Director for Operations and who represented regional police director Chief Supt. Romulo Sapitula during the turnover ceremony, cited Crispino for his “relentless support” to the national police organization.
It was also gathered that Crispino dug into his own pocket to complete the construction of the three-storey building.
Caba traces its history back to the Spanish era. It is a 4th class municipality in La Union that mainly draws its income from agriculture and tourism and is located some 248 kilometers from Metro Manila.
The last census conducted in 2015 showed the town’s population at more than 22,000 living in 17 barangays.
Despite its low income compared to other towns in the province, Crispino, in his speech, said he and his townmates take pride in noting that Caba is the first local government unit (LGU) in the entire province of La Union to donate and finance the construction of a police station.
During his term, Caba has also been twice awarded the ‘Seal of Good Financial Governance’ by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and was also certified as a “drug-free municipality” by the National Anti-Drug Abuse Council.
Crispino said the new police building is Caba’s “primal commitment” to the promotion of peace and order and their way of supporting the government’s campaign against all forms of criminality, particularly, illegal drugs and corruption.
He exhorted his fellow officials to continue with their effort and to unite behind his leadership in their “journey” to transform Caba into a more progressive town for the benefit of their constituents.