CIDG and community

IT’S not easy to organize people coming from various places in the country and be part of a community-based civilian support group. But for Police Director (Atty.) Samuel Pagdilao Jr., who has exerted much effort to realize this, it’s hugely doable and the number gets bigger and bigger.

Take for example the first national summit of the Community Investigative Support (CIS) which was initiated by the good general and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and is on-going right at the Cebu International Convention Center in Mandaue City.

Coinciding with the CIS founding, thousands of representatives out of over 20,000 strong members nationwide are expected to grace the affair with national and local government leaders, private individuals and supporters of the advocacy of CIS on peace and order and community development in the attendance altogether.

Highlights of the summit, ac-cording to Gen. Pagdilao, is the awarding of Ten Outstanding CIS Partners (TOCP) in recognition of their significant contribution to the success of the CIDG in the fight against criminality, particularly in the arrest of most wanted criminals, the confiscation of loose firearms, the neutralization of crime groups and the solution of sensational crimes.

The continuous growth of the CIS in terms of numbers in just a matter of year can be likened to a wildfire which only proves that the advocacy of the organization serves as an inspiration that awakens the spirit of volunteerism and patriotism thereby creating silent heroes among men and women of our country, the CIDG chief says.

Looking back from the time the CIS was founded, the CIDG has accounted for the solution of the UPLB rape-slay case, the encounter with Ferrer Hijacking Group, the solution of the P8 million DSWD robbery, the arrest of the members of the Bermejo Group, the solution of the Villalobos murder case, the solution of the killing of a Swiss-Filipino in Bangued Abra, the arrest of one of the suspects in the murder of Iloilo broadcaster Neil Jimena, the neutralization of “sex tiangge” (human trafficking) in Nasugbu Batangas, the arrest of a Korean national involved in telecom fraud and the neutralization of members of the Abu Sayyaf Group, among others.

Gen. Pagdilao says CIS embraces the philosophy of shared responsibility between the government and the people in solving problems that emanate from the community itself, like peace and order.

He adds: “As we move on towards the coming years, the public can expect that more criminal syndicates will be neutralized and more sensational cases will be solved with the active support of the community through the CIS.”

One aspiring police officer, who is also a lawyer, Chief Insp. Reynaldo Magdaluyo, the CIDG unit head in northern Metro Manila, equally deserves a pat on the back.  He’s virtually new at the CAMANAVA field but he has effectively managed to organize the CIS.

In fact, he has the biggest delegation at the Cebu summit.

Truly, he’s a competent and dedicated officer like the good general.

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