257 SCOUT grads to beef up internal security operation in Ilocos Region

CAMP BGEN OSCAR M FLORENDO – Police Chief Superintendent Moro Virgilio M. Lazo, Officer-in-Charge of Police Regional Office 1 (PRO1) exhorted the active role of the PNP in the anti-insurgency campaign and the need to initiate aggressive campaign against criminalities during the closing ceremony of the Modified PNP Special Counter-Insurgency Unit Training (PNP SCOUT) held at the grandstand here on May 9.

“As members of the PNP, we cannot be stagnant. We have to do what is expected of us and move on our distinct advantage over those who threaten our internal security,” Lazo said even as he expressed that PNP SCOUT is an offshoot to further enhance the PRO1’s Internal Security Operations (ISO) capability.

Police Superintendent Robert S. Daculan, training manager of the Regional Special Training Unit 1(RSTU1), said that 257 out of the 274 rookie police who have undergone the PNP SCOUT survived the rigid training conducted in San Roque Power Plant Corporation in San Manuel, Pangasinan.

Lazo said that the 45-day training which is in line with the PNP’s Strategic Focus: CODE-P, transforms the graduates to become efficient, responsible and effective professional internal security specialists with the best interest of the community foremost in their hearts.

The training puts premium on combat skills development, jungle fighting and survival techniques and on the principles and techniques of urban crisis response operations primarily on search and rescue (SAR), and police intervention operations that will equip police officers with the requisite skills and confidence to give them a distinct advantage in counter-insurgency and local terrorism operation.

Lazo said that the hardest part of the SCOUT graduates’ training will start with their assignment to the maneuver companies of the Regional Public Safety Battalion 1 (RPSB1), the units primarily tasked to confront insurgency problem in Region 1, for they will be confronted with live bullets, live enemies of the state and live criminals as they perform their mandated tasks.#