TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- Cagayan Valley’s Regional Mobile Force Battalion (RMFB) team on Wednesday, April 25, dominated this year’s Civil Disturbance Management (CDM) competition, showcasing via simulation their alertness and response to public situations such as rallies.
The RMFB 02 bagged the overall championship with a cash prize of P7,000. The team was also adjudged as Best In Uniform and Best Performer in all three phases of the competition.
The first phase is the graded inspection, followed by the second phase wherein teams demonstrate the eight basic CDM formations such as the single line, double line, arrow, and double wedged formations.
The final phase is the problem based scenario wherein police teams perform their response to rallies and other CDM situations through simulation.
In this year’s competition at Camp Marcelo Adduru here, PO1s and PO2s dressed up like rallyists and provided exercise to participating teams. Scenarios given included protests of Bongbong Marcos and Leni Robredo supporters, and rallies involving progressive groups.
“The CMD competition aims to assess the degree and level of adequacy of preparation, effectiveness, and swift response in addressing various civil disturbance situation in terms of support, negotiation, arrest, monitoring, SWAT, chemical, medical, and fire protection,” Police Regional Office 02 (PRO2) said in a press release.
Police teams from Santiago City Police Office and various provincial police offices in Cagayan Valley competed in the said competition.
Santiago City Police Office (SCPO) and Nueva Vizcaya Police Provincial Office landed at first runner-up and second runner-up, respectively. SCPO also took home 2nd Best in Uniform award, while Isabela Police Provincial Office won 3rd Best in Uniform Award.
Cagayan Valley Regional Chief Directorial Staff Domingo Lucas said the competition also aims to check operational readiness and equip Valley Cops personnel with basic knowledge and skills in dealing with emergencies such as rallies.
He said the activity proves that the Valley Cops are human rights advocates who strictly observe rules of police operational procedure and maximum tolerance.
“Although the region is not somewhat affected or vulnerable to big rallies or demonstrations or riots as compared to NCR or to other urbanized cities, I think it is better for us to be prepared and not to be put into test,” Lucas said.
Meanwhile, Commission on Human Rights Regional Director lawyer Jimmy Baliga, who served as guest and judge of the event, reminded police to observe maximum tolerance and value people’s human rights during rallies.
“Our constitution provides for the right of the people to freedom of expression as contained in our bill of rights…Puwede silang mag-rally peacefully [basta] in accordance with the law,” Baliga said. Northernforum.net