The Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) and local mayors are throwing their full support to the proposal of establishing Border Control Points in Davao. The project will entail about P5 million in infrastructure requirements for each identified boundary area.
A resolution was passed on Wednesday afternoon after the conclusion of the RPOC meeting where Police Regional Office (PRO) 11 chief Manuel Gaerlan presented the establishment of Border Control Points (BCPs), including in coastal areas, to prevent contraband, ammunition, explosives, drugs and undocumented vehicles smuggled into Davao region.
Public Safety and Security Command Center (PSSCC) Chief Benito de Leon said that the infrastructure requirement for each border point will cost P5 million excluding other technological components like scanners.
During the meeting, the governors, city and municipal mayors expressed support to set up the BCPs. They said these could help agencies and security forces effectively enforce laws, and track and control the movement of foreign terrorists.
The proposal was presented by Gaerlan during the RPOC meeting at Grand Regal Hotel. A BCP is similar to the ones in the United States and Europe except that control points can be adopted on a lesser scale and magnitude.
Gaerlan had said there is a need to push the BCP where not only the security forces are present but also agencies, which are enforcing their respective regulations like the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Department of Agriculture. This could even be a platform for the Department of Tourism (DoT) to display their promotional materials.
Gaerlan said Davao City is already upgrading its own security checkpoints in Sirawan and Lasang
The BCPs would require the construction of permanent structures plus the provision of pedestrian screening areas, face recognition devices, walk-through scanners, vehicle screening areas, metal detectors, a thermal scanner and K-9.
Law enforcers and agents of other agencies can check cargoes. They can also establish an integrated database of goods and people.
Gaerlan said BCPs should not worry the public. Instead, the measures should be considered as something that will protect them from lawless or terrorist groups. He said this will not infringe on the basic rights of a person. “Kung hindi ka criminal, wala kang dapat katakutan (If you are not a criminal you should not worry),” he told reporters in an interview.