Urdaneta City University and Pangasinan 2nd Provincial Mobile Force Company (PMFC) officially sealed the deal after signing of memorandum of agreement on the conduct of various community extension programs at the conference room on March 9, 2021.
The Pangasinan 2nd Provincial Mobile Force Company (PMFC) is a reintegration of several units in the Philippine National Police (PNP), established to conduct Internal Security Operations (ISO) in countering major threats to public safety and security such as terrorism, drug trade, and criminality in the province.
Deputy Force Commander, Police Major Mark Tubadeza and UCU Acting University President, Atty. Dar A. Diga inked the agreement which aims to provide services and trainings relevant to the needs of the police and non-uniform personnel, and offer human resources for the implementation of various projects.
“Napakahalaga rin ng partnership na ito especially sa mga mag-aaral natin from CCJE na mai-expose na sila sa mga gawaing pang-kapulisan as preparation na rin kung sila man ay maging bahagi ng PNP in the future,” said Prof. Joseph Miranda, Dean of the College of Criminal Justice Education, in an interview.
“The MOA signing of UCU and PMFC is [of] big help in maintaining peace and order in the university especially in this pandemic. With this partnership, nakikita ko na malilihis nito ang mga estudyanteng maaring makisalamuha ng mga terrorist groups,” he said.
Miranda also emphasized the role of the partnership in maintaining peace and order in the academe and community. He mentioned the advocacy program of PNP namely, “Kabataan Kontra Droga at Terosismo” (KKDAT) that aims to strengthen the bond between the police and the youth in the government’s fight against drug and terrorism.
“Sa tulong ng programa ng PNP na ‘KKDAT’, we can combat not only terrorism but also the illegal drugs trade in our community,” he added.
Meanwhile, Dr. Jerry Dichoso, Director of Center for Community Development and Extension Services (CCDES), said the MOA signing marked a joint force between UCU and PMFC to conduct sustainable and long-term community and extensions programs.
“Dahil dito ay madali na tayong makahingi ng assistance sa mga programa natin na pwede silang magrender ng kanilang serbisyo at ganun din tayo sa mga programa nila,” explained Dichoso.
CCDES, in partnership with PMFC, is now eyeing to conduct training for security personnel of the University related to strengthening the security and safety in the academe as well as computer literacy development program for the police personnel.
“Ang unang target po natin ay mabigyan ng training ang ating mga security personnel patungkol sa pagpapatibay po ng seguridad ng bawat empleyado at estudyante, lalo na po ngayon na dumarami na po ang mga naglalabas-pasok sa ating university,” said Dr. Dichoso when he was asked about the target programs with PMFC.
“Sa hanay naman ng PMFC, nagri-request din po sila ng training about computer literacy development… Nais pa nilang mahasa ang kanilang skills upang mas makapagbigay pa ng mas maayos na serbisyo para sa bayan,” he added.
-James Robert R. Canlas